Outdoor Gym on Long Beach in Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia

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What's the Issue?

Within Hobart, there is a distinct lack of outdoor gyms between the Hobart Bike Track at McVilly Drive and Taroona Park (Taroona Beach) on Niree Parade – the distance between which contains a huge proportion of Hobart’s population and infrastructure. Both outdoor gyms are not well-lit at night (a potential safety issue for evening fitness enthusiasts and children alike) and they are quite hidden from the public. These factors alone, mean that they are underutilised. Additionally, the installation of outdoor gym ‘machines’ - which are not particularly beneficial even for beginners - seems to compound the issue of underutilisation whilst likely increasing the cost to build the outdoor gyms in the first place.

What Makes a Great Outdoor Gym?

'Getting back to basics’ is optimal for health and fitness. Therefore, outdoor gyms that provide plenty of pull-up bars, dip bars, parallette bars, gymnastics rings, and plyometric boxes set at varying heights, are most beneficial for improving the strength-to-weight ratio of people of all ages and fitness levels/capabilities.

Why Should Anyone Support this Petition?

By building this outdoor gym in partnership with Kompan (the world leader in outdoor gym and playground equipment), the Hobart City Council would be helping those in our community to engage in health and fitness in a location which is both beautiful and practical as it is only a few metres from:

  • The beach.
  • The brilliant new barbeque/grassy picnic area.
  • The amenities that are already in place (toilets, showers, and even a conveniently placed water fountain).
  • The promenade night lighting (these are great for the darker and colder months).
  • The local shops.

It would be lovely to see those who visit Long Beach, and those who already use the public facilities in the area, also using a meticulously engineered and tastefully landscaped community outdoor gym - especially in summer. We could have Tasmania’s equivalent of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California right here in Hobart!

Want to Know More?

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For detailed information on how great the outdoor gyms that Kompan design and build are, please visit:

Thank you for your support and together we will make sure the Long Beach outdoor gym gets built!

 

Yours sincerely,

Evan Campbell.

*******************************UPDATE! ********************************

I am very pleased to announce that between the evenings of the 26th of January and the 28th of January 2018, I gathered over 200 signatures of support to have the outdoor gym built down at Long Beach in Sandy Bay - BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

These signatures were collected off people from all walks of life on the promenade at Long Beach, and on the following Tuesday afternoon, I met with two representatives from the Hobart City Council (HCC) Parks and Recreation division to discuss my proposal/vision for the area - they agreed that it is a great idea for the community.

I also gave these helpful HCC representatives all the signatures along with printed photos that I took of every outdoor gym around Hobart. I had also previously directly emailed them my project proposal. Finally, I have organised to be interviewed by The Mercury so I can explain what processes have already been undertaken and how much support there is to have an outdoor gym placed at Long Beach, Sandy Bay.

 

Kind regards,

Evan Campbell.



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