Ocean Shores outdoor exercise area finally opens
THANKS to more than 20 years lobbying – and the discerning eye of a former engineer – the community at Ocean Shores finally has its own outdoor exercise area.
“Our endless work behind the scenes has finally paid off – not with the integrated sports field that council promised us, but with several pieces of outdoor equipment to help keep us fit and healthy,” Tina Petroff, president of Ocean Shores Tidy Town Team said.
Located in Waterlily Park at the end of Yamble Dr, the seven-piece exercise station is designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, promote group fitness, and encourage social interaction.
And, unlike static exercise apparatus, the revolutionary Australian designs rotate, swing and swivel just like typical gym equipment.
“They are brilliantly designed, safe for all ages, and located right beside the children’s playground so mums and dads can keep an eye on their kids while they work out,” said Ray Ellis, whose engineering background came in handy in the research phase of the project.
“This is what I wanted but I didn’t think it would come to fruition.”
After seeing the success of Avoca Beach’s outdoor gym, Tina and Ray decided to pool resources and lobby councillors and council staff to fight for grants worth $30,000.
“Thanks to the tenacious spirit of our community, we now have the beginnings of a designated fitness area that caters to all ages and fitness levels, as well as the physically challenged who live in the area,” Tina said.
“We would like to especially thank Cr Diane Woods and Phil Holloway for their dedication and commitment to the Ocean Shores community.”