Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published September 30th 2012
Get your muscles pumping
This small, but perfectly formed little park in Kinross caught my eye the other day when I was driving past. The playground looked very clean and colourful, with some great climbing frames, perfect for my toddler. However, what really caught my eye was the adjacent outdoor fitness equipment for adults or teenagers. Making a mental note of the playground location in my head, I thought this would make a great place to have a family trip to the park where my hubby would also be able to exercise in addition to spending time with our son in the playground.
The Playground The playground itself includes a lot of the familiar apparatus one finds at the local park, but all in very good condition and in fantastic bright colours. There are a choice of slides, and a great addition at this park is the great climbing walls that offer kids a multiplicity of ways to access the playframes.
There is only one piece of rocking equipment which was a happy green frog that my son took an immediate shine to. Most probably because another boy was on it. The best way to get my son to like anything is for another child to be playing with/on it and then, of course, he wants to be playing with it/on it too. Straight away if possible. I can see that this frog might be popular, being the only moving play equipment at this park.
There's a couple of swings at the park too, and I have to say, the toddler swing is the sturdiest one I have ever seen. None of this one safety chain across the waist business here. This came complete with a pseudo safety harness including multiple straps.
Not a big park, but all the usual play culprits are happily included
Exercise The second part of the park is focused on the exercise equipment, and it's a great idea to see such a concept put out into the public domain. I've seen a couple of these in Perth and I hope that it's something that catches on.
From the signage the equipment is for those over the age of 12 years and it still recommends parental supervision for those under 18. The fitness equipment included apparatus to support tricep dips, knee raises, sit ups, walking, pull ups and abdominal twists. Combine this equipment with a run around the park and you've got a full body work out.