Fitness enthusiasts who frequent Stockton’s foreshore for their outdoor exercise pursuits will now have another reason to step out and stay in shape.
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.
Six fitness stations will be located along the Stockton foreshore within walking distance of the Active Hub
All six stations will be built within walking distance of the recently completed $2 million South Stockton Active Hub. Work is expected to start in 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.
"By building these new parks we are also increasing our commitment to supporting the community to be physically active, contributing to improved health outcomes and lowering obesity levels,” the Lord Mayor said.
“When complete, the facility will contribute to Stockton’s already thriving outdoor lifestyle, which was recently bolstered thanks to the completion of the $2 million all-age South Stockton Active Hub skate park and children’s playground.
“We all know that getting active improves our sense of wellbeing, so we are very pleased to be delivering these new facilities for Novocastrians to stay fit and healthy.”
The $2 million South Stockton Active Hub was opened just before Easter
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.