The Town of Orangeville has installed outdoor fitness equipment in KayCee Gardens, thanks to an initiative of the Seniors/Age Friendly Community Committee, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department. The committee is looking at age-friendly projects for the community and received approval for an outdoor fitness area aimed at seniors.
With efforts to join the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities, the Town purchased eco-friendly equipment from a Canadian supplier and had it recently installed.
“As we focus more and more on age-friendly initiatives, it’s good to see a project that supports local seniors and promotes healthy activities,” said Councillor Scott Wilson who admits to having personally tried out all of the new equipment. “This initiative, spearheaded by former Orangeville Council member Mary Rose and the Seniors Committee, serves to recognize the amazing contributions seniors make to our community and take their needs into account as we enrich our facilities.”
The committee has discussed and researched ways to improve the community for seniors. One of the concepts reviewed was an outdoor fitness area dedicated to seniors. Promoting active aging, the fitness equipment will be accessible and user-friendly.
Outdoor fitness areas are currently being installed worldwide in outdoor spaces and becoming increasingly popular with all ages. Designed to accommodate all fitness levels, the equipment is effective and fun for everyone, and targets all different muscle groups as well as provides cardio and flexibility training. The outdoor fitness area includes Tai Chi spinners, a stair climber, a cross-country skier, chest press/lat pull down, hand bike, leg press, and an air walker.