New York City Introduces Adult Playgrounds: Brilliant or Bad Idea?

Living 2012/07/01 16:16:00
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New York City has adopted yet another initiative to improve health and reduce obesity. At least this one doesn’t involve banning soda.

Over the next 18 months, as many as 24 adult-only playground are set to open across the five boroughs. They won’t have swings or slides—they are essentially outdoor gyms—but they will maintain the look and feel of traditional kid’s play spaces. (In some cases, the equipment will be built by the same manufacturers.)

While outdoor fitness areas have recently been gaining popularity in the US, they have long been commonplace in China and parts of Europe. New York City has been testing the concept at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, and so far it has been incredibly successful.

Unlike gyms, these adult playgrounds are free to use and they are able to pass exercise off as play. And from the city’s perspective, they are much cheaper to build than children’s playgrounds.However, we have to wonder if these parks will end up serving the people who need them the most or if they’ll just be overrun by gym rats.

Bus driver Daren Trapp, an observer at Macombs Dam Park, told The New York Times, “Oh no, I’m past my prime. It’s out in the open, and I guess I’m a private individual.”

What do you think SodaHeads? Are adult playgrounds brilliant or a bad idea?

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  • Bibliophilic 2012/07/01 17:34:57
    Bad Idea
    I'd like them if they were actual playgrounds. An actual adult sized playground would be amazing. I have no interest in working out at a gym in the heat of the day. It is a good idea perhaps, but I just want to be able to play on an adult sized Discovery Zone!

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  • retrograve Surgeon... 2012/07/01 20:36:43 (edited)
    Everything you said 100%. Its already for people who like working out.

    And if they don't like working out inside already, who the hell is going to want to workout outside?!
  • Drachen 2012/07/01 19:37:14
    I'd love for a good set of swings to go to once in awhile.
  • clasact 2012/07/01 19:31:24
    Bad Idea
    let see most of the year you can use it because its to damm cold and the rest you wont want to because its where the drug dealers and robbers will be hanging out
  • Eggle Phantomhive 2012/07/01 19:25:46
    Bad Idea
    Eggle Phantomhive
    people say that adults (ahem... peadophiles) stay and watch children play in parks for pleasure...yes, that kind of pleasure... now its the sexual seniors chance.?!!!??????!!!?!!!!
  • irish 2012/07/01 19:21:27
    people NEED something to do! keeps them out of trouble.
  • ben 2012/07/01 19:10:43
    An outdoor gym... not brilliant but its closer to the truth than.. bad idea as an answer.. limited options herelol
  • harasnicole 2012/07/01 19:08:07
    I want to visit New York now.
  • swim2bgood 2012/07/01 19:04:12
    One of the best ideas ever!!!
  • shotgun the 3rd 2012/07/01 19:03:29
    shotgun the 3rd
    If they have sex room..
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/07/01 18:45:47
    flyingseaturtle BN
    I like the idea but wonders about the execution.
  • Sean McDonald 2012/07/01 18:36:10
    Sean McDonald
    adults need exercise too
  • Jimbo 2012/07/01 18:21:22
    adults are not allowed in most NY city parks if they don't have a child with them.
  • Torchy 2012/07/01 18:16:40
    I can't be the only one that's stared at a children's playground and wished things were big enough for me. If anything, to get a good workout! Plus, I'd probably be able to do some of the things I couldn't as a child (monkey bars were my Achilles heel). I want one!!
  • Chris 2012/07/01 18:15:56
    It looks underdeveloped though... isn't an amusement park pretty much an adult playground?
    six flags
  • JCLadybug 2012/07/01 18:14:10
    Awesome....now add a little more fun/kid element like adult slides and tunnels and then it would be even better. I've always thought these were good ideas. Always try to get exercise, play or otherwise, it is good for you in many ways.
  • mae 2012/07/01 18:13:25
    Nice idea. Add some kind of overhead shade/ rain protection--roofing/ panels so this area gets use through out the year, not just in the mornings and evenings when it's cooler, or not raining/snowing. As they say: As New York goes, so goes the Nation.
  • ColourfulxRain 2012/07/01 18:12:37
    I would go! Very disappointed that there's no swings or slides though :( Thats like...the best part. I bet an actual adult PLAYGROUND would make a killing. It's no fun being expected to just stand and watch the kids on the bouncy castle :( A place where adults can be kids would be great! :D
  • Mark 2012/07/01 18:09:22
    Been in England for a few years now. They're ok.
    More concerned in US, home of litigation. As soon as someone falls off, s/he will be off finding someone to blame and sue.
  • Doreen 2012/07/01 18:09:11
    That is very good. It seems people with money are always saying "well you should join a gym" but what they do not pay attention to is that a gym costs money and the poor can not afford it". The only food that most poor people can afford is the low quality, processed, and chemically pumped food ant THAT is the reason they are overweight. This is very good.
  • shywink 2012/07/01 18:06:48
    Excellent idea! If I can find a park like this close enough to me, I might actually get in better shape.
  • Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of P... 2012/07/01 18:00:01
    Latti Ice Nerd Gangsta of PHAET
    Free gym.
  • shywink Latti I... 2012/07/01 18:07:58
    Exactly! You don't have to pay any dues!
  • T A shywink 2012/07/02 07:54:22
    T A
    Not quite. Everyone in New York will be paying annual dues every year they live there whether they use them or not, whether they wanted that membership or not.
  • Arse-Whole 2012/07/01 17:58:21
    I didn't even read the article. This is just a damn good idea. Playgrounds keep you in better shape than 2 hours at the gym every day.
  • May 2012/07/01 17:56:00
    I love it! You always see all the fun stuff for kids. What about those of us who refuse to grow up, except for the necessary areas where you have to be responsible. Many of us are still young at heart and like to play. Staying active is good for our body, so long as we do not over do.
  • DragonSlayer 2012/07/01 17:53:33 (edited)
    Parkour Motherf*ckers :D

    parkour parkour parkour parkour parkour parkour
  • Vicerei... DragonS... 2012/07/02 07:23:44
    Vicereine Killbride
    HELL yeah! Hardcore parkour! XD
  • Skye 2012/07/01 17:51:18
    Oh yeah!
  • Dave The Canuck 2012/07/01 17:49:05
    Dave The Canuck
    Finally! A chance to unleash your inner child. Exercise should be a fun experience anyway.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/07/01 17:48:13
    themadhare ~IJM
    I looks as good as a gym
  • gottaluvtish 2012/07/01 17:44:41
    Good for getting in touch with your inner child and get fit in a fun way!
    inner child
  • merlinskiss 2012/07/01 17:43:36
    But sex clubs have been around for centuries...
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2012/07/01 17:41:05
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    Better yet bring back Child Playgrounds and Child Sports in schools and stop cutting those programs. Child playgrounds have been cut from budgets all around the country yet pet projects like Solar companies that have gone bankrupts are what they spend out tax dollars on.
  • JERSEYDUDE 2012/07/01 17:40:00
    Bad Idea
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2012/07/01 17:35:15
    Jana~ una chica loca
    that's great
  • Bibliophilic 2012/07/01 17:34:57
    Bad Idea
    I'd like them if they were actual playgrounds. An actual adult sized playground would be amazing. I have no interest in working out at a gym in the heat of the day. It is a good idea perhaps, but I just want to be able to play on an adult sized Discovery Zone!
  • MyDaydr... Bibliop... 2012/07/01 18:20:31
    I agree.
  • Anthony... Bibliop... 2012/07/01 20:59:43
    Anthony Souls
    I had that very idea about 5 years ago... Finally, society is catching up to me :P LOL. Take care,
  • Melizmatic Bibliop... 2012/07/01 23:04:02

    That would be awesome.
  • vetogod Bibliop... 2012/07/02 07:47:43
    i think they should have a few of those ninja warrior courses too that would be so awesome i would never be home lol

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