By: BCRAstaff

Playgrounds for parents

A concept borrowed from China and parts of Europe, New York City is testing a playground built for adults. Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx opened about two years ago to set the stage for future adult outdoor fitness facilities to come. The goal is to lure people off their couches and into the outdoors with specially designed playground equipment to exercise in a community driven, simplistic way that conjures up the nostalgic of child-like fun with physical activity.

It is working… the city plans to bring as many as two dozen more to neighborhoods across the five boroughs in the next 18 months, park officials said. This is a trend city planners and residents alike can celebrate.  With costs to construct a fraction of the cost of children’s playgrounds,  “Adult playgrounds have spread across the nation, including to Miami-Dade County in Florida, where four fitness zones with advanced strength-training equipment opened this year in neighborhoods with high rates of cardiovascular diseases. San Antonio has added outdoor fitness stations to 30 parks since 2010. Los Angeles has 30, with 15 more on the way, after park officials found, to their surprise; there were “lines of people waiting to use the equipment.””*

And near our own office, two mothers in Washington State, Paige Dunn and Kelly Singer, started a grass-roots campaign to build exercise sites (known as MOMentum) to help new mothers shed baby weight and workout together.

*quote via the NYT article

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