This summer, Planet Fitness gyms on the Upper West Side are free for teens.
The chain's High School Summer Pass programme helps kids stay active when school sports and after-school activities are closed.
“Especially here in New York City, when you see the gun violence on TV, in the news every day,
it's a great safe way to keep kids occupied in the summer,” said Dale Paden, Vice President of Marketing for a group that operates 80 Planet Fitness clubs in four states.
The programme debuted in 2019, but was skipped due to the pandemic.
55th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues and 125th Street between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevards have Planet Fitness gyms near the UWS.
In2019, 278 teens took part at 55th Street and 1035 at 125th Street.