Community Leaders Donate $51,000 to Watervliet PARCOURSE
Sep 4, 2018 Share

(WATERVLIET) – Watervliet residents, George and Janet Lane, recently donated $51,000 in support of the Lakeland Hospital Watervliet PARCOURSE – an outdoor walking/running track available to the community. A total of $50,000 of the gift will fund renovations to the two quarter-mile asphalt loops and various stations featuring professional grade exercise equipment. An additional $1,000 will go toward a memorial park bench on the course named in the family’s honor.

The Lanes are longtime members of the Watervliet community and founded Lane Automotive in 1964. The family has a long history of philanthropic giving and have generously supported Lakeland Health for many years. George and Janet are now retired, but remain involved in the family business.

“We are so very grateful to George and Janet for their tremendous generosity and continued support of Lakeland Health,” said Brandi Smith-Gordon, Vice President of Philanthropy and President of Lakeland Health Foundations. “Their gift will provide our community with access to a free, outdoor exercise space which will help people of all ages and fitness levels reach their health goals.”

Currently, the PARCOURSE is a 1.1 mile walking/running track with a gravel base. The track is free of charge and open to the public seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. It is primarily used by physical therapists and rehabilitation patients, local sports teams, physical education classes, residents from nearby apartment complexes, and community members.

The newly redesigned course will feature two quarter-mile asphalt loops that can accommodate individuals with disabilities who may need to use wheelchairs or walkers. Plans for each loop include four exercise stations or pods. Each station will include different types of professional grade exercise equipment that offer varying degrees of difficulty for all fitness levels. These stations can range from stationary equipment, such as a pull-up bar, to equipment with moveable parts like a stationary bicycle.

To date, a total of $221,162 has been raised in support of the $365,000 project which is slated for completion in 2020. For continued updates on the project, or to learn more about how you can provide support, contact the Lakeland Health Foundations at (269) 927-5143 or visit

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