Seniors take to the court
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 26, 2013 | 417 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Seniors across Queens are lacing up their sneakers and breaking out their rackets to take part in the City Parks Foundation’s six-week Seniors Fitness program.

Free tennis instruction will be available in Astoria Park, Cunningham Park, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Roy Wilkins Park.

Irma Hill, a 90-year-old resident of Rego Park, has been participating in the program since it started in 2006.

“I love the people, they’re very friendly and we get exercise,” said Hill. “After the lessons we get into games.”

The free instructional sessions, which started on September 23 and will run through November 1, take place twice a week. Equipment is provided.

“This is the best program available for me,” said Shirley Koretsky of Kew Gardens Hills. “We get brush ups on technique, and the instructor will encourage us, pick out our faults and tell us how we can improve.”

To date, City Park Senior Fitness has served over 5,000 individuals.

“The seniors keep coming back,” said instructor Ali Farizi. “Half of this group I see every year. They come in the cold and heat and they are doing a wonderful job.”

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