Petition seeks callisthenic park

Local street workout enthusiasts say a park like this one in Mission Bay would be perfect for Orewa Reserve. Inset, Richie Grieve is leading a campaign to have a calisthenics park built locally.

The call is growing to build a set of simple wooden equipment on Orewa Reserve that can be used by people of all ages for workouts.

By the end of last month, a petition asking the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board to support the building of a callisthenics park similar to the one Auckland Council constructed in Mission Bay, had more than 300 signatures.

Instigator of the petition, 23-year-old Richie Grieve of Orewa, says support has come from local gym owners, police officers, body builders and personal trainers who are excited about having a facility like this. He says he is also approaching potential funders for support.

The outdoor equipment can be used by anyone but is expected to be particularly popular with adults who enjoy workouts that involve upper body and core strength.

“There are a lot of playgrounds for kids already, but nothing in the mid-range – adults are expected to pay for a gym membership,” he says. “A park like this would be free for everyone, and provide a great workout.”

Richie says what makes a street workout special is the outdoor environment and the fact that anyone can see what is being done and potentially be inspired to join in.

He says Orewa Reserve has the space for the facility and would be ideal because it is a high traffic area central to the Hibiscus Coast.

The petition will be presented to the local board at its meeting next week.


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