Being fit and active in Brisbane is easier than ever before, with around 30 new outdoor gyms on the way or recently opened in local parks offering people a free fitness alternative.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council was creating more to see and do in Brisbane, with a $5 million investment into modern outdoor exercise equipment to help residents live healthy and active lifestyles.
“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,” Cr Quirk said.
“Since 2016, Council has installed fitness equipment at around 20 parks, including large outdoor gyms at CJ Greenfield Park in Richlands, Grinstead Park in Alderley, Nixon Park in Moorooka, Robinson Park in Tingalpa and Perrin Park in Toowong.
“Each of the gyms features a unique combination of cardio and strength training equipment, allowing people to build muscle and lose weight as part of circuit training, boot camp or resistance training activities.
“Our outdoor gyms are designed to provide combinations of static and moveable equipment, such as cross-trainers, treadmills, hand bikes, lateral pull down and shoulder press equipment, as well as leg press and oblique equipment.
“This equipment is suitable for all levels of fitness, from people beginning strength training to more advanced gym-junkies, and takes advantage of Brisbane’s great outdoor lifestyle.
“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.”
Cr Quirk said that several of the outdoor gyms also included multi-use games arenas, designed for group sports.
“Multi-use games arenas have been built at Richlands, Alderley, Moorooka, Toowong and Tingalpa, with Ferny Grove, Zillmere, Kangaroo Point, Runcorn and Holland Park next in line to benefit,” he said.
“The fully-fenced courts feature line markings for five-a-side soccer, basketball or netball and are a great alternative to hiring a court.
“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.”
For more information on Council’s fitness equipment in parks visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.