City of Newcastle will install six new outdoor fitness stations along Stockton foreshore to help residents and visitors to the seaside suburb remain active.
The stations, similar to the one recently installed along the Fernleigh Track at Adamstown, will include a bench press, stretching station, cycle seat, shoulder press, sit up bench, aerobic walker, and pull up, chin up and dip bars.
All six stations will be built within walking distance of the recently completed $2 million South Stockton Active Hub. Work should start mid-May and take about five weeks to complete, weather permitting.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the provision of new exercise parks such as this would help meet the City’s population growth targets and reduce obesity and health risks.
Port Waratah Coal Services co-funded the stations and Chief Executive Officer Hennie du Plooy said Port Waratah is delighted to partner with City of Newcastle to deliver the fitness stations for the community of Stockton.
Our Community Investment and Partnership Programme is something we are very proud to share with Newcastle, and the fitness stations along Stockton foreshore is one way we can help deliver positive benefits to Portside communities,” Mr du Plooy said.
The equipment is part of the City’s Outdoor Exercise Facilities Strategy, funded by City of Newcastle and a grant from Port Waratah Coal Services.
It also supports the City’s collaboration with a major University of Newcastle research project called EcoFit to encourage outdoor community activity and exercise.
eCoFit is a group-based outdoor gym program with personal trainers and a smartphone App to improve fitness and assist in weightloss. The program was developed by the University of Newcastle and is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.