Play at LaPorte County Parks new Playtrail
Playgrounds aren’t just for kids any more. Adult playgrounds with exercise equipment, also known as fitness zones, are located at Luhr County Park. In addition, the Playtrail has a series of three separate pods that are along the park’s paved trail for all ages.
“Let’s face it, most of us dread going to the gym,” said Recreation & Education Programmer, Laura Moyer. The point is to make physical activity fun, easy and accessible, so it’s the normal thing to do.
Three of the pods have play equipment on them. Within each pod there are varying age components, making the pods geared toward any age group. The beauty of the project is that it builds upon the existing trail, which is paved and fully accessible to all LaPorte County residents. The new Playtrail will add a level of activities that will contribute to the wellness of families, encouraging all of us to get outdoors.”
Our seven piece equipment focus on promoting increased flexibility, cardio, core, upper & lower body, muscle strengthening and fall prevention. The fitness area over looks our 2 acre pond and sits next to a playground where your children can play while you exercise. “This is a win-win situation for everybody,” says Moyer. “You can work out while watching your kids.
With the help from a grant we were able to acquire and install all of these components. Some of them include a dragon fly see saw, log roll, double web climber, honeycomb, and raft rider along with educational components just to name a few. These pieces of equipment for the kids encourages multi-sensory adventure, with opportunities to climb, crawl & play as well as strengthen balance, coordination, cardio, strength, & imagination.
Tim Morgan, Park Superintendent said, “traditionally adults take kids to the playground and sit and watch. We are trying to reverse the sedentary lifestyle that contributes to our country’s obesity problem.” I always see adults smiling while using the fitness zones.
Nobody is ever smiling at the gym. There’s something about being outdoors while exercising that is much more appealing. Community Enhancement through environmental & recreation opportunities encourage the entire family to play together over a half mile of varying opportunities for physical, mental, and spiritual cooperation and interaction in the great outdoors. A family that plays together stays together.
Times are tough. Personal income is still clawing its way back to an upward trend, according to information released by the U.S. Commerce Department. Among the things that people can’t afford these days are gym memberships and comprehensive home exercise equipment.
We are taking a multigenerational approach, installing new equipment designs that are intended for use by children and senior citizens alike and everywhere in
Providing opportunities to take in vitamin D (well needed in our neck of the woods in Northwest Indiana), get some fresh air and improve one’s physical condition on a person’s own schedule & best yet it is FREE should be a key component.
“We believe in bringing families closer together, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and allow everyone a chance to enjoy our precious natural resources.” said Moyer. While you are at Luhr visit ourNature Center, our hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 4:00.
The Playtrail and our Park is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to sunset year-round. Families are encouraged to use the Playtrail as much as possible. Visit us at www.laportecountyparks.org