New outdoor fitness equipment for South Golden Beach

Published on 03 July 2018

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If you take any notice of the internet, kids have been playing on monkey bars for at least 80 years and that looks set to continue at South Golden Beach with the opening of new outdoor fitness equipment this Sunday (8 July 2018). 

The South Golden Beach Community Association is hoping people of all ages will test the new equipment which sits alongside a children’s playground, the skatepark and the community hall.

Michael Matthews, Manager Open Spaces and Resource Recovery, said the installation of the  fitness equipment is the last part of a project that has transformed the area into a space that now has something to offer for people of all ages.

“We call it the South Golden Beach Community Recreation Zone and Council is hoping that people will get many hours of pleasure doing old fashioned-things away from screens and computers,” Mr Matthews said.

Kathy Norley, from the South Golden Beach Community Association, said the area was now buzzing with activity and has become a place for entire families to enjoy physical activity and fresh air.

“We have been working towards turning this area into something special for around 20 years and it’s wonderful to see our goals have been realised,” Ms Norley said.

There has been a resurgence of monkey bar style equipment in outdoor programs and it’s not just children who are using it.

“Representatives from the local fitness industry have told Council that people use it for their fitness training because it uses body weight and incorporates exercises such as chin-ups, push-ups and dips,” Mr Matthews said.

“What is also exciting is that equipment like this is used in Europe and Asia for creative ‘street workout’ programs and I am sure our young people will really enjoy experimenting with this type of exercise,” Ms Norley said.

“The Kenguru Calisthenics team, which installed the equipment, will be at the opening to demonstrate the different ways to use and this will be a real treat for the community because this is what is happening across Europe and is only just starting in Australia,” she said.

“To see them go through their paces is incredible – what they do is really quite amazing and I am hoping everyone from the Byron Shire and beyond will join us for a little while on Sunday to not only see what is possible with this equipment, but to celebrate as a community this fantastic area,” Ms Norley said.

The opening of the fitness equipment will be held from 10:30am-12:30pm on Sunday 8 July.  The official opening will be at 10:30am and after that the Kengaru Calisthenics team will not only put on a demonstration but will show the community how to use the equipment.

For more information contact Annie Lewis, Media and Communications Coordinator, on 6626 7320 or Kathy Norley from the South Golden Beach Community Association on 0429 803 561.