Situated on the cliff top of the Esplanade at Port Noarlunga is a small park that overlooks the town and offers dramatic coastal views. The panoramic vista showcases the Port Noarlunga beach, reef, jetty and the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park.
The park has recently been modified to include outdoor exercise equipment for public use, the first of its kind in the area. An outdoor gym has long been discussed, and even petitioned, by locals with many hoping it would be introduced along the Esplanade between Port Noarlunga South and Moana, but this is a welcome first addition to encourage health and fitness in the community.
The equipment is the Energi Prime Total Body Fitness System and it intends to provide a fat-burning full body workout. It is designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced users aged 13 years and over. For best results, it is recommended the equipment is used three times a week.
There are eight stations with a three day program of four different exercises for each day (that's 96 exercises!). The stations involve weight-bearing exercises like squats, dips, sit ups and push ups and exercises for core strength, balance, agility and flexibility.
Each station has a program guide that is easy to follow and provides instruction on how to perform the exercises. Another interesting feature is the "mobile personal trainer technology" in which an app can be downloaded to scan the 2D codes found on the information signs that allows users access to an instructional video of each exercise.
Seats are located near the equipment, should you need a rest. There is a gravelled area that perhaps would be suitable for running laps to include a cardiovascular aspect to the workout. Although a hike up the hill of the Esplanade from Port Noarlunga to Christies Beach would be equally effective.
There is a modest sized area of lawn where a water fountain is located and also a colourful playground for children. The play equipment includes things that swing, slide, bounce and can be climbed over. Of course, it is no comparison to the Onkaparinga Adventure Playground, which is located just a short distance away on Saltfleet Street, but it will keep the kids amused for a while.
The space is landscaped with hardy coastal shrubs and grasses, but there are no trees and very little shade available. For this reason, it is important to wear sun protection when visiting the park. The only shelter is an undercover park bench suitable for picnicking, resting after a workout or watching your children on the playground.
The steep terrain has a staircase that connects the neighbouring war memorial to the gym equipment and then to the playground. Ramps make the park wheelchair accessible and pram friendly.
The park is located on the corner of Anderson Avenue and next to the Port Noarlunga & Christies Beach RSL. Street parking can be found along the Esplanade. Public toilets are not available at the park, but there are some just a short walk away by the beach.
With exercise and play equipment in a great location, this is a park that can be utilised and enjoyed by both adults and children. It is a place where everyone can get fit, have fun and admire the view.