Boston, Massachusetts -- 05/25/2014-- Rebecca Friedman, 29, practices Acro Yoga in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts May 25, 2014. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: 26Feature01 Reporter:
Rebecca Friedman, 29, practices Acro Yoga in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts May 25, 2014. :
Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

You know that proud feeling you get when someone asks where you’re from and you get to say, “Boston!” Well here’s another reason for you to brag: The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series.

This three-month-long series of free exercise classes will be held in parks across Boston. Classes will be held in 18 neighborhood parks throughout the summer with offerings ranging from yoga to salsa dancing to Tai Chi. A full list of classes and locations can be found here.

While Boston ranked among the American College of Sports Medicine’s top-ten healthiest cities in the country last week, one of the areas in which the city ranked most poorly was in access to exercise. The city fitness program is thus designed to improve these areas by providing residents with a variety of fitness options throughout Boston. City officials also hope to build community in these public spaces.

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“We hope that the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series can be a fun and interactive way to help people stay on track to meet their health goals by providing free fitness opportunities in the very neighborhoods where our residents live, work, and play,” Boston Public Health Commission’s Executive Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said in a statement announcing the program in May.

The program is offered by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Boston Public Health Commission in conjunction with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

See you at the park, Bostonians.