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

SodaHead 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
    Bibliophilic
    +16
    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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  • studiobrat PWCM AFCL 2012/07/15 21:01:22
    Brilliant
    studiobrat  PWCM AFCL
    I don't think these adult playgrounds will be overrun by gym fanatics who will always go to the gym instead.
  • RepubliTurd Hater 2012/07/09 21:53:32
    Brilliant
    RepubliTurd Hater
    Good then the neighbors will have something to do besides make a bunch of bang bang bang noise shooting off their guns at their house (instead of at a target range like they need to be only allowed to do) and killing innocent creatures!
  • YOUR EARTH ANGEL'S REDEMPTION 2012/07/07 13:24:25
    Brilliant
    YOUR EARTH ANGEL'S REDEMPTION
    HEY ADULTS NEED EXCERCISE TWO...IN BED.
  • DuncanONeil 2012/07/07 03:03:42
    Brilliant
    DuncanONeil
    But I think the play aspect is more important.
  • mustangluver 2012/07/06 22:36:40
    Brilliant
    mustangluver
    I love the kids playground. I love to swing and seesaw and hang from the monkey bars, so an adult playground is fantastic. It's like a gym.
  • atti.tude 2012/07/06 06:19:33
    Brilliant
    atti.tude
    Just needs more jungle - gym essence and it would be even better. Like a whole family playground.
  • C4TSMILEY 2012/07/05 08:08:21
    Brilliant
    C4TSMILEY
    If only they had slides, 'cause I know I used to climb up them when I was a kid!
  • Sparkina 2012/07/04 17:53:33
    Brilliant
    Sparkina
    More fun than sit-ups or leg-lift machines
  • Marianne 2012/07/03 19:01:54
    Brilliant
    Marianne
    I think that such playgrounds for fitness are indeed an excellent initiative. In our country, for instance, we have so-called "vitaparcours", a combination of gymnastics and running circuits since long.
  • B1TCHbeMEAN 2012/07/03 18:15:48
  • La 2012/07/03 03:20:31
    Brilliant
    La
    I AM SO KEEN. Ahem. Shame they don't do that here.
  • Chris 2012/07/02 21:52:15
    Brilliant
    Chris
  • kcandi 2012/07/02 21:11:02
    Brilliant
    kcandi
    I think that is a great idea!!
  • Umaimah Saleemi 2012/07/02 21:05:22
    Bad Idea
    Umaimah Saleemi
    i'm not really one to judge but there is this thing called a gym..... go to it. unless u want to b laughed at (which i will happily do) stick to more private places. i have a feeling someone is gonna fdall off the monkey bars and start screaming " DAUGHTER..... SON!!!! help me. HELP ME!!!!" instead of "mommy, daddy" anyway the rest is up to u whack jobs and i promise i WILL laugh.
  • kcandi Umaimah... 2012/07/02 21:12:12
    kcandi
    some people can't afford the gym and why pay their overprices when you can work out for free??
  • Red_Horse 2012/07/02 20:54:38
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/07/02 19:58:20 (edited)
    Brilliant
    MOMMA THOMAS
    VERY GOOD IDEA.....NOW THE KIDS WON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH BOGARTING ADULTS IN THEIR PLAYGROUNDS.
  • Umaimah... MOMMA T... 2012/07/02 21:06:49
    Umaimah Saleemi
    +2
    with all due respect.... OH YES YOU WILL
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/07/02 19:47:52
    Brilliant
    Swampdog PWCM
    We have some of the same things on our bike, skate, running trails here in Florida.
  • janet 2012/07/02 19:18:02
    Brilliant
    janet
    I think every state shoud adopt this intiative.
    It would cost a lot less then what I pay for yearly gym fees : )
  • The Judge 2012/07/02 19:08:01
    Brilliant
    The Judge
    California has them, so why not. What ever you have to do to stay fit. Not everyone can afford a gym. .
  • being me 2012/07/02 18:43:52
    Brilliant
    being me
    Adults need a place to exercise besides a gym and it allows them to release the kid that they have inside as well;-)
  • LIZ HODGES FLORES 2012/07/02 18:39:23
    Brilliant
    LIZ HODGES FLORES
    STABILITY FOR THE MIND AND THE BODY!!!!-!!!!-!!!!-!!!!
  • Charmaine 2012/07/02 18:15:22
    Bad Idea
    Charmaine
    Why can't they go to gyms!!!
  • kcandi Charmaine 2012/07/02 21:13:03
    kcandi
    They cost too much
  • pops 2012/07/02 18:14:17
    Brilliant
    pops
    very good idea.
  • Gual 2012/07/02 17:53:53
  • Jaguar 2012/07/02 17:49:02
    Brilliant
    Jaguar
    FINALLY!!!
    Something for us adults to do where we don't have to spend a fortune!!! I mean, come on, we're all big kids at heart :)
  • Smuwf, Twin 2012/07/02 17:40:51
    Bad Idea
    Smuwf, Twin
    Its a great Idea until the junkies arrive.
  • kcandi Smuwf, ... 2012/07/02 21:13:32
    kcandi
    I didn't think junkies exercised.....
  • robbt1 2012/07/02 17:40:18 (edited)
    Brilliant
    robbt1
    +1
    I clicked brilliant before I saw there was no slide. :C How can you have a playground with no slide!?
  • thewickedrobot 2012/07/02 17:22:18
    Brilliant
    thewickedrobot
    They already have these at the park next to my house. People actually use them and it's actually a lot cheaper than the gym, in reality.

    Plus, those who are serious about working out will not be complaining about the "heat of the day".
  • deBrice 2012/07/02 17:21:33
    Brilliant
    deBrice
    I really like the idea and the conveniance. As health care expense might increase, that seams to be a small expense to save a lot in the future.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2012/07/02 17:16:43
    Brilliant
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    Good idea. Now I can finally go to the playground without having idiot parents look at me funny.
  • BIG BAD JOHN R. 2012/07/02 17:15:11
    Brilliant
    BIG BAD JOHN R.
    Great idea, get the couch potatoes off the couch and out in some fresh are and exercise. We will see if it improves there life.
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/07/02 17:02:09
    Brilliant
    Margaret Jacobson
    I like to play!!
  • Z-Wolf 2012/07/02 16:23:35
    Bad Idea
    Z-Wolf
    +2
    Build an outdoor gym if you want. But don't call it an adult playground. It gives people the idea that it's actually a playground. I'll go to a gym if I want to exercise. If I went there, I would want to get on a merry-go-round and a swing-set.
    gym adult playground people playground ill gym exercise merry-go-round swing-set
  • cupcakes 2012/07/02 16:11:06
    Bad Idea
    cupcakes
    are you dumb that is not a playground that is and outdoor gym
  • Sparkina cupcakes 2012/07/04 17:56:11
    Sparkina
    do let's call it an activity park or a fitness park
  • geneticmistake 2012/07/02 15:28:42
    Brilliant
    geneticmistake
    I'd use something like this if one was local.
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