Senior-focused equipment is popping up at parks all over Perth. It’s designed to enhance physical and mental well-being for seniors of all abilities. Many parks also offer exercise equipment for all, perfect for those who are on a budget, don’t want a gym membership and prefer to work out in the great outdoors. See our guide to fitness parks in Perth here…
Jo Wheatley All Abilities Play Space, Dalkeith
Jo Wheatley All Abilities Play Space has been purpose built for all ages and abilities – and it’s not just for children… There is equipment for seniors! The Senior Park features a range of equipment (like balance beams, core twisters, wave bars and more) to improve the body’s balance as well as strengthen motor skills. There are toilets at the playground, as well as picnic tables, drink fountains and lots of natural shade from the mature trees. See the Seniorocity review here.
Jo Wheatley All Abilities Play Space is found at Beaton Park, The Esplanade, Dalkeith.
Neil McDougall Park, Como
The senior exercise area at Neil McDougall Park is similar to an outdoor gym. It features a range of equipment – balance beams, core twisters, wave bars and more. These all help to improve the body’s balance as well as strengthen motor skills. There’s balance beams, steps and bridges, with rails for extra support. Afterwards, enjoy a gentle stroll around the lake. The footpath is flat and it’s a relatively short walk. Sporadic benches are handy to sit, rest and enjoy the view. There is more fitness equipment along the way, if you want to stop for a work out of a cross trainer! See the Seniorocity review here.
The Senior Park at Neil McDougall Park, Como is found at 20 Clydesdale Street, Como.
Whitfords Nodes Health and Wellbeing Hub
The popular Whitfords Nodes Health and Wellbeing Hub has an exercise staircase, known locally as the Jacob’s Ladder of the North. The Whitfords Nodes Stairway has 145 steps and a couple of landings complete with seating for those who need to take a breather on the way up or down. Exercise equipment includes parallel bars complete with instructions on how to use them as well as other pieces of equipment that remain a mystery to me although some large young men were enjoying making use of them. There are also drinking fountains and a bicycle parking area nearby. The Nodes is also a good place to bring grandchildren, as there is a large shaded play park with nearby bbq areas, tables, chairs and restrooms. See the Seniorocity review here.
North of Hillarys Boat Harbour, on Whitfords Avenue.
Taking a walk around Hyde Park, along the tree-lined pathways, is a lovely way to spend a sunny morning. A lap around the inner lakes area of the inner-city park is a pleasant 800m round trip, so be sure to do another lap if you’d like a longer walk. The walk is flat, making it easy to stroll along the path at your own pace. It’s also gopher and wheelchair friendly. Fitness equipment is found at intervals around the lake. See the Seniorocity review here.
Find Hyde Park at the corner of Vincent and William Streets, Perth.
Jackadder Lake, Woodlands
Jackadder Lake is a lovely park, with lake and plenty of birdlife, making it a great spot for a little light exercise. A circuit around the lake is only 1.24kms in length and is totally flat, so perfect for those wanting to have a short walk. If you want to walk further, simply do a few laps of the lake! There is some fitness equipment along the way, if you want to stop for a work out on a cross trainer or bike! It’s cheaper than a gym membership, and so lovely being in the great outdoors. See the Seniorocity review here.
Jackadder Lake is found at Birchwood Ave, Woodlands.
Tomato Lake, Belmont
As well as a picturesque lake, the inner city park, has fitness equipment for anyone to use. Walk a circuit of the lake, enjoy a steady work out and finish with a treat or coffee from the nearby café kiosk.
Find Tomato Lake at Oats Street in Belmont.
Alkimos Fitness Park
If you are into fitness, then this park has it all. It features a “ freeletics “ area, lush Yoga Lawn and a Jacobs Ladder-like stair case, that allows you to climb to the peak of the park and forms part of the fitness circuit that features motivational words. Once you make it to the top there is a stunning 360 degree view of the beach and seating to sit back and enjoy.
Located on the corner of Leatherback Blvd and Pectoral Promenade, Alkimos Beach.
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