Room for everybody to be active and social
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.
Exercise and fresh air, natural partners and a universal formula for feeling good. With dedication you can get fit in a gym, but bottled-up inside you miss out on the one aspect that is most likely to make you feel really good - nature. The sun on your back, the breeze in your face, even the refreshing drop of rain, turns vigor into invigorating.
But don't take our word for it. Listen to the StuyTown residents!
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.
A survey was conducted three months after the installation to measure the effectiveness of this new and creative approach for encouraging an active lifestyle. The results received from 6 days of observation and 161 interviews is now available to you for FREE in a 16-page outdoor fitness research paper.
StuyTown is an oasis, a small village in the middle of New York City that combines a neighborhood feel with modern, urban amenities. When the residents asked for an outdoor workout space, the management team knew they had to provide something that was both visually appealing and functional for a wide range of users, because recreational amenities are critical for the well-being of the residents. The fitness playground fits in perfectly by being universal and relevant for all demographics.
Learn more about StuyTown's vision from their CEO, Rick Hayduk in the video below.
Or visit the website of StuyTown HERE
This kind of outdoor fitness site has so many possibilities. People can train for an obstacle course sport, gymnastics, general fitness or just have fun being active together with family and friends. The equipment combines simplicity with high functionality, so it is both intuitive and can be challenging at all workout levels. Diagrams and app help you get started.
Learn more about outdoor fitness and its advantages in this interview with Sarah Pierce, Fitness Director of Oval Fitness.
The idea behind the fitness playground was to bring together as much as possible in a fairly contained space to maximize the functionality for a wide variety of users. Combining traditional gym equipment such as a stationary bicycle with new innovative solutions that allow for both individual and group training has opened up a new type of social workout.
In this video, you will learn more about the design from the architect behind it, Gail Wittwer-Laird, Landscape Architect at Starr Whitehouse.
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.
Manhattan, New York 10009, USA
The outdoor fitness park is divided into four zones. Each zone offers a different fitness experience and that way targets a different user group - young or old. There is a street workout space for top athletes doing calisthenics. There is a zone for cross training and one for bootcamp, where also beginners, seniors, and even handicapped people can work out. The fourth zone is free space made for outdoor yoga or dancing classes. Overall the park takes up space similar to the size of a football pitch, but the capacity is much higher. More than 150 people can work out at the same time.