Philadelphians can get fit in the fresh air at new outdoor exercise areas popping up in neighborhood parks and playgrounds. Thanks to Rebuild, last year four new state-of-the-art outdoor adult fitness areas opened at at time many residents were looking for ways to safely stay in shape during the pandemic. Made possible by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, Rebuild is bringing innovative recreational amenities to libraries, parks and rec centers across the city.
Out in open air, residents can take advantage of static weight machines and resistance equipment. Check out these four recently opened outdoor fitness areas:
- Disston Recreation Center: Student athletes have flocked to Disston to take advantage of the expansive new outdoor exercise area at the local rec. With many schools closed due to COVID, student athletes can start with a workout on the resistance machines followed by a jog around the site.
- Hancock Playground: Parents at Hancock Playground in South Kensington are taking a sweat break while their kids explore the new playscape.
- Moss Playground: Members of the Moss Eagles Youth Athletics Association join their neighbors for safe, informal, socially distant workouts at this popular new outdoor gym along Torresdale Avenue.
- The AARP FitLot at Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center: Thanks to a generous donation from the AARP, Rebuild installed a new outdoor fitness area and seating at MLK Rec this summer. FitLot amenities accommodate exercisers of all ages. Once public health allows, AARP and Rebuild will partner with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to host free outdoor fitness classes at the FitLot.
Remember to stay safe: Mask up and wipe down equipment before and after use. Enjoy!