Saturday, August 3, 2013
Allen’s newest park features fitness equipment for adults
Not seesaw so much as see-sweat.
ALLEN Allen's newest park is aimed at an older group than normal.
Hillside Park replaces the typical playground and swings setup with a ring of exercise equipment aimed at keeping adults in shape.
“It's not play equipment,” said Jeff Mues, senior marketing director with the city of Allen. “Most parks are designed for kids, and this is fitness equipment designed for people to work out. It's a wellness park for anyone from teenagers on up.”
Hillside, which is now open, was built as part of a deal between the city of Allen and the owners of the Blue Sky Sports Center. When the complex was built in 2010, the city agreed to build a park adjacent to it at 950 E. Main Street.
The exercise equipment can be used by residents during daylight hours. Each piece of equipment is accompanied by a chart showing exercises appropriate for various skill levels. The park also includes benches, picnic tables, walking paths, and a concave pavilion that hasn't been completed. The park's landscaping is also incomplete.
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