Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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The latest data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics reported that the prevalence of obesity in America was 39.8% for adults and 18.5% for youth. In order to slow this rate, some playground design companies and researchers have begun to incorporate outdoor fitness parks and multi-generational, interactive play equipment in their cities. Public fitness parks can hold a range of advantages that might not be readily apparent. For instance, they can be easily accessed, be free of membership fees, have unrestricted parking, provide financial opportunities for local personal trainers and more. Modern Versus Traditional Equipment According to the NRPA, public outdoor fitness parks began in the 1970s and included traditional equipment such as: pull-up bars, walking trails and low-lying pushup bars. Today, however, designers and manufacturers have begun to develop more interactive and appealing fitness equipment, like: leg presses, lat pull downs, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, rowers and back extension machines. For example, Westphalia Community Center playground, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., was designed by the Maryland 70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Below: This Indianapolis fitness park is themed around their beloved NFL Colts and was designed to provide active recreation for kids, adults and families. The challenge course includes 11 obstacles, some of which mimic the equipment professional football players use. Adjacent to the course is an outdoor fitness area aimed at providing a well-rounded workout for users aged 13 and up. The park was recognized by PlayCore as a National Demonstration Site for Outdoor Adult Fitness.

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