Huntington Woods will place seven exercise equipment in Reynolds Park, such as this wheelchair-accessible two-person chest press.
Photo provided by Greenfields Outdoor Fitness
HUNTINGTON WOODS – One of the Huntington Woods parks will house new outdoor fitness equipment.
At its August 17 meeting, the Huntington Woods City Commission approved two articles related to the location of outdoor fitness equipment in Reynolds Park. The first article was about park improvements and equipment installation, while the second was about the exercise equipment itself.
The installation will be done by Michigan Recreational Construction for $ 73,110. Funding from Huntington Woods Men’s Club for $ 60,000 will help offset the costs of the project.
The project involves the removal of a light pole; installation of a 1,884 square foot concrete pitch, seven exercise stations, signage, a 2,055 square foot concrete walkway from the west park entrance to the exercise pad, and three steel benches; adding topsoil and hydroseeding to the construction area after completion; decorate the existing play area with engineered wood fiber; and the addition of 14 arborvitae and shade trees. According to recreation director Tracy Shanley, a log and boulder play area that was being considered could be replaced or modified.
“It will be great once it’s done,” he said. “We are very excited about this project.”
The Huntington Woods Recreation Department has identified seven exercise kits to be installed in Reynolds Park. The equipment is called a four-person lower body combination, two-person back and arm combination, two-person wheelchair accessible chest press, two-person combination with reverse flight and butterfly, an individual on a recumbent bicycle, a single leg extension. , a four-person leg press and a custom printed bulletin board.
The equipment, manufactured by Greenfields Outdoor Fitness, was purchased for $ 33,629.80, which was also offset by a donation from the Men’s Club.
“There is a significant elderly population in the city (and) some people think that you should furnish the park or provide equipment in the park that people can use outdoors for a moderate degree of exercise, ”Commissioner Jules Olsman told the Woodward Parla…
“Some people think it’s a great idea,” he continued. “Other people aren’t sure how many people will actually use it, but it’s part of a national trend. It is not alone here, and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. I mean, at the end of the day, it’s certainly a good thing for people and it’s a little city accommodation to do it. If there are people who feel like that something they want to indulge in, want to use that type of equipment in an outdoor setting, we’ll make it
available. ”Outdoor fitness equipment has been a topic of debate for the committee and residents for Gail. Linden, a Huntington Woods resident, spoke at the meeting to express his approval of the team for the city’s elderly population and the over 14.
“It would be great during COVID if we were out and did, but he managed to do it. other things. I hope it comes, “he said.
Linden shared some concerns about the project, including the removal of the light pole and the lack of shade for the gymnastics team. He also hopes that the signage on the area will thank the men’s club team for their donation.
“It’s not a seniors exerciser,” he said. “It’s for anyone over the age of 14. We fear he’ll be too close to the kids and we hope they don’t.” The
installation of the equipment is expected to be completed this fall.