A fresh upgrade for an outdoor gym area

PLAY: Council worker Tracy Robertson on one of the pieces of gym equipment receiving an upgrade.
PLAY: Council worker Tracy Robertson on one of the pieces of gym equipment receiving an upgrade.

The Whyalla City Council has exercised its pro-active nature and improved one of the city’s outdoor gym areas.

The outside gym equipment at Ada Ryan Gardens was originally installed on a grassed area but this grass has since disappeared through the sheer volume traffic around the three pieces of gym equipment, making it hard to maintain and clean.

To improve the area, a crew from the civil works department saw fit to box it up and put a concrete slab down around the equipment.

This not only makes it a more user friendlier, cleaner and safer area to use, it also makes it easier for the equipment to be kept clean.

All that’s required now is a lick of paint and some new handles to have this area in shape for those looking for some healthy, outdoor exercise.

It’s not the only area earmarked for improvement in the gardens either. Council has ordered some new equipment for the foreshore playground to bring it back to full capacity including some new swings.

Council worker Tracy Robertson said the changes ensured the area would look nicer for the public.

“People use the outdoor gym area all the time, because it’s so close to the playground and the Ada Ryan Gardens,” she said.

“Members of the public usually come walk down here and then hop on on the exercise equipment while the kids are playing on the playground.

“The next stage is to get the whole area user-friendly again. It’s a general part of playground maintenance.”

The Whyalla City Council has also received funding to upgrade their play areas from the state government.

Three Whyalla play spaces will receive upgrades, new landscaping and picnic areas, after the city secured $220,997 in state funding. Council will also contribute $220,000 to the project.

Areas in Field Street and Travis Street will be upgraded. The project is one of 27 across SA to receive a share of $7 million in Open Space and Places for People grants.