Activating New York City with Innovative Outdoor Fitness
How do you meet the needs of retirees, college students, and working moms? At Stuyvesant Town on the lower east side of Manhattan, in New York City, they are doing it with outdoor fitness. StuyTown wanted to modernize their outdoor common space to activate residents of all ages. An asphalt lot used for roller hockey was transformed into a modern outdoor fitness playground.
Outdoor Fitness Equipment has been around for a long time, but it´s not organized or designed in a way like we have done here.
Gail Wittver-Laird, Landscape Architect Starr Whitehouse
Designed to Modernize the Community
StuyTown Fitness Playground combines new innovative equipment and the most popular fitness activities to create an outdoor activity space that can motivate and challenge people of all ages and ability levels. The space is designed with four zones, each focusing on a specific activity with either high or low intensity. A 1/12 mile walking or running loop surrounds the four zones to make the activity space complete. The activities - cross training, cardio, strength training and obstacle course racing - enable people to develop their balance, strength and endurance in a full body workout. It is not only a space where people come to work out as individuals, but it is also a space where they come together as a community with their family, friends, and neighbors.
PhysicalJoy of movement: motor skills, muscle, cardio and bone density
Social-EmotionalJoy of being together: teamwork, tolerance and sense of belonging
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