Smith Playground is seeing a complete revitalization. Plans for this community space include a remodeled recreation center, new solar panels, a resurfaced football field and more. With all of those improvements lined up, why not add in an adult fitness jungle gym too?
A fitness facility up to 3,000 sq. ft. is size is coming to the park at 24th and Jackson, including this new-to-Philadelphia concept of a jungle gym for adults to workout on.
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As Wingert tells us, the outdoor fitness facility, which will be open to the public year-round, will include “permanent structures that will be adapted jungle gym features — things you can do pull-ups, dips, elevated push-ups on, hang TRX cables from, do box jumps onto, that kind of thing.” It will feature all-over rubberized surfacing, along with a turf area for movement-based exercises. Sooooo … it’s basically an adult jungle gym. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
The fitness facility will be designed by City Fitness and Avid Trails and, along with being open to anyone and everyone whenever they feel like getting their sweat on, City Fitness will be offering two programs at the facility, free of charge: First off, in the warmer months, they’ll be holding Thrive training camps, group fitness programs that can be adapted to any level of fitness. As Wingert says, “Conceivably, an elite high-school athlete and an elderly person working on getting up a flight of stairs could participate in the same workout and both receive maximum benefit from it.”
The Smith Playground revitalization is a project from Eagles Player Connor Barwin’s Making the World Better Project. The organization completed a renovation of Ralph Brooks Park in 2015.