Photo courtesy of Greenfields Outdoor Fitness
HUNTINGTON WOODS – One of Huntington Woods’ parks will be receiving new outdoor fitness equipment.
At its August 17 session, the Huntington Woods City Commission approved two items related to the placement of outdoor fitness equipment in Reynolds Park. The first point concerned the park improvements and the installation of the equipment, the second the exercise equipment itself.
The installation is being performed by Michigan Recreational Construction for $ 73,110. The $ 60,000 funding for the Huntington Woods Men’s Club will help offset the cost of the project.
The project includes the removal of a light pole; Installation of a 1,884 square meter concrete pad, seven fitness stations, signage, a 2,055 square meter concrete walkway from the west entrance of the park to the fitness pad and three steel benches; Application of topsoil and hydroseeds of the construction area after completion; Top dressing of the existing play area with wood fiber materials; and adding 14 trees of life and shade trees. A sand play area with logs and boulders that has been considered could be replaced or changed, according to recreation director Tracy Shanley.
“It’ll be amazing when it’s done,” she said. “We are very happy about this project.”
The Huntington Woods Recreation Department identified seven exercise machines to install in Reynolds Park. The equipment is called a lower body combination for four people, a back and arm combination for two people, a wheelchair-accessible chest press for two people, a butterfly and backward flight combination for two people, a single lying bike, a single leg extensor, a leg press for four People and an individually printed announcement board.
The equipment manufactured by Greenfields Outdoor Fitness was purchased for $ 33,629.80, which is also offset by the men’s club donation.
“The city has a sizable senior population (and) some people feel that you should set up the park or provide equipment in the park that people can use outdoors for moderate levels of exercise,” Commissioner Jules Olsman told the Woodward conversation.
“Some people think it’s a really good idea,” he continued. “Other people aren’t sure how many people will actually use it, but it’s part of a national trend. It’s not just here, and it certainly can’t hurt. I mean, at the end of the day, it’s certainly a good thing for people, and it’s a small place to stay for the city. If there are people who feel like they want to indulge themselves and want to use this type of equipment outdoors, we make it available. “
Outdoor fitness equipment has been a point of discussion for the Commission and local residents for some time. Huntington Woods resident Gail Linden spoke during the meeting to express her approval of the equipment for the city’s elderly population and for those over the age of 14.
“It would be great during COVID if we were out and doing it, but we managed to do other things. I’m looking forward to it coming, ”she said.
Linden shared some concerns about the project, including the removal of the light pole and the lack of shade for the fitness equipment. She also hopes the signage in the area thanks the Men’s Club for their donation.
“It’s not an exercise machine for seniors,” she said. “It is intended for everyone over the age of 14. We have some concerns that it will get very close to the kids and hopefully … they won’t be there. “
The installation of the devices should be completed in autumn this year.