There will be around 30 new ways for Brisbane residents to get fit and healthy as new free outdoor gyms will be coming or already opened in local parks including Perrin Park in Toowong.
“Council is committed to delivering more lifestyle and leisure opportunities across the city through free public outdoor gyms and multi-use games arenas in Brisbane parks,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said.
The Council is investing $5 million in “modern outdoor exercise equipment to help residents live healthy and active lifestyles.” Already, some of these fitness equipments, including large outdoor gyms, have been installed at around 20 parks since 2016. These facilities are located at CJ Greenfield Park in Richlands, Grinstead Park in Alderley, Nixon Park in Moorooka, Robinson Park in Tingalpa, and Perrin Park in Toowong
These outdoor gyms combine cardio and strength equipment suitable for any fitness-level such as cross-trainers, treadmills, hand bikes, lateral pull down, shoulder press equipment, leg press, and oblique equipment. The courts are fully-fenced with line marking for five-a-side soccer, basketball, or netball.
Several of these outdoor gyms also include multi-use games arenas such as the ones built at Richlands, Alderley, Moorooka, Toowong and Tingalpa. Next in line to have these kind of facilities will be Ferny Grove, Zillmere, Kangaroo Point, Runcorn, and Holland Park.
So far, more than 130 of Brisbane City Council parks have been installed with exercise equipment that are free to use. Facilities range from simple and static equipment to movable and interactive equipment for cardio and resistance training including rowing and stepping machines.
“With our enviable weather, it’s no wonder that people want to do more in the outdoors and Council’s outdoor gyms are providing an affordable and convenient alternative to traditional gym memberships.”
“Over the coming 18 months, fitness equipment will be installed at a further 10 locations, to ensure our local parks help create a vibrant and liveable city,” concludes Cr Quirk.