Port Stephens Council unveils fitness hub near the corner of Irrawang and Williams streets

FIT AND ACTIVE: An elliptical trainer is but one piece of equipment at the Boomerang Park fitness hub.

FIT AND ACTIVE: An elliptical trainer is but one piece of equipment at the Boomerang Park fitness hub.

Boomerang Park is changing shape with a range of outdoor fitness equipment.

The fitness hub near the corner of Irrawang and Williams streets will enable people to get fit and active regardless of their financial situation, with no charge to use the equipment.

"Providing free gym equipment for residents and visitors is one way that council can promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle,” Port Stephens Council's Community and Recreation Coordinator Brock Lamont said.

ACCESSIBLE: Roman rings are set at various heights to enable people of all capabilities to join in.

ACCESSIBLE: Roman rings are set at various heights to enable people of all capabilities to join in.

"There's an elliptical trainer, a sit up bench, pull up bars, roman rings, a dexterity builder and a 25 metre running track –  so there's definitely something for every fitness level.”

The equipment was designed with accessibility in mind.

The pull up bars and roman rings are set at different heights for wheelchair users.

A dexterity builder will also help people with limited mobility.

CORE WORK: From legs, chest, arms and back to the core, the fitness hub has been designed to offer a comprehensive workout.

CORE WORK: From legs, chest, arms and back to the core, the fitness hub has been designed to offer a comprehensive workout.

Mr Lamont said the fitness hub will allow families to get outdoors and exercise together.

"The fitness hub is located right next to the play equipment, meaning parents can do their own exercise while still keeping an eye on their children playing,” he said.

"It also won't cost users a cent, making it a truly inclusive project. It's a great alternative for people who can't afford to work out at a gym, or who prefer to do their exercise in the sunshine.”

The fitness hub is just one part of the master plan for Boomerang Park, with the skate park near completion, an accessible children's carousel in the works and footpaths throughout the park to come.

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