Fit to Recover aims to keep New Year resolutions going within Ballpark community

Jan 7, 2023, 5:10 PM | Updated: Jan 11, 2023, 10:01 am

SALT LAKE CITY — There is no doubt gyms are busier this time of year, as many of us are working hard to keep our New Year resolutions on track.

It helps to have the kind of encouragement those who go to Fit To Recover have.

“It just lights a fire in me. So, thank you, guys,” said one man to a group of people after working out.

Here, though, it’s not just about losing weight. It’s also about recovery from substance abuse in a safe place to connect with others through fitness.

“It’s just this sense of belonging here. I remember in those first days, I thought, if this is what recovery is, I want it,” said one woman to a room full of cheers.

A group of patrons working out together at Fit to Recover (KSL-TV's Mark Less) The grand opening of Fit to Recover (KSL-TV's Mark Less) The grand opening of Fit to Recover (KSL-TV's Mark Less)

There is no better advertisement than smiles that are real.

“I think it is going to provide hope to a lot of people. I think it is going to provide a lot of resources to different areas. And I think it is going to be a central place for people to go when they don’t know where to go,” said Ian Acker, the Executive Director and Founder of Fit To Recover.

Saturday morning, a ribbon cutting was held to officially introduce Fit To Recover to Salt Lake City’s Ballpark neighborhood.

It’s located on a street that’s trying to recover itself.

“We intentionally wanted to move here,” said Acker. “We want to have the most impact we possibly can, and we want to be part of the solution.”

There have been plenty of problems on Major Street lately. Several fires at abandoned homes, people using drugs in the open, and an area is known for its higher crime rate.

The abandoned homes that kept catching on fire in the Ballpark neighborhood being demolished. (KSL-TV’s Mark Less)

Now, with Fit To Recover opening here, those who live and work in the area say there is hope.

“I keep crying. It is so wonderful,” said Amy Hawkins.

Hawkins is the chairperson of the Ballpark Community Council and feels this is the kind of change that can launch better days ahead.

Not just for the people who use the facility but for the neighborhood as well.

“Something that is directly addressing the problems that we have in our neighborhood, and even in our community as a whole, this is the whole thing,” said Hawkins. “This is amazing.”

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Fit to Recover aims to keep New Year resolutions going within Ballpark community