Imagine if, as an older adult, you purchased real estate in Benicia or Walnut Creek and discovered that just down the street there was a playground – but one for boomers? A playground complete with swings, a teeter-totter and other fun equipment designed specifically for adults. How cool would that be?
It’s a fascinating new concept that I came across recently and one which is gaining popularity in places like China, Chile and – closer to home – Canada.
While the idea hasn’t quite caught on in the U.S. or even places that often lead the way in health trends – like the San Francisco East Bay – I can’t help but think this is an idea whose time has come, and a fantastic way for all older adults to more easily exercise.
The way the playgrounds are setup can vary in each locality. While an adult playground in Orinda might be focused more on fun, with nothing but adult swings and jungle gyms, another playground next to someplace like the Heather Farm dog park could feature outdoor exercise equipment similar to that found in a gym, but more durable, waterproof and brightly colored.
I, for one, would like to encourage all officials at the local city park and recreation departments to consider such options in the future. What a fabulous addition this would make to public parks all across the area, from Pleasant Hill to Berkeley to Concord to Briones Regional Park.
And don’t you think a local playground for adults would increase your neighborhood’s real estate property values?
If you know of someone involved in city or county government in your area, please forward this blog post to them.
So, the next time you buy a house in Contra Costa county, ask the real estate agent if there’s an adult playground in the neighborhood. It’ll be worth it just to see the look on her face.
A link to the Canadian company that manufactures adult playground equipment http://www.greengym.ca/Index.html
An article about adult playgrounds from Canada.com