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Public exercise equipment?

By rebcart 13 January 2010 25

Hey everyone,

I just moved to Canberra and, remembering that many of the older and larger parks in Sydney had wooden benches and bars to use for exercise, was wondering if anyone knew of any such facilities here in Canberra. I don’t really have the means to pay for a gym membership at the moment, so being able to do something basic like chin-ups until then would be useful.

Anything like that available within easy walking/cycling distance of O’Connor?

Thanks in advance.

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Aubergine 12:59 am 14 Jan 10

The ones round the southside of the lake, and I think the ones at Parly House, say they were made by a company called Parcourse of Woden which obviously no longer exists. Some stations are now in disrepair.

Further research leads to this useful review from 2000:
http://fulltext.ausport.gov.au/fulltext/2000/nhf/publicexercisestations.pdf

And a US story about the concept:
http://outside.away.com/outside/magazine/200005/200005body2.html

Perhaps the govt should revitalise these things.

Ryan 6:45 pm 13 Jan 10

There’s a few on Alexandrina Drive at Yarralumla – between Hopetoun Cct and Flynn Dr, near the bike path.

ACTing like a Mama 1:49 pm 13 Jan 10

While not near O’Connor at all, there is an excellent fitness track that circles the Woden cemetary.

Buzz2600 1:17 pm 13 Jan 10

If you happen to work or be passing through the Parliamentary Triangle, you might want to check out the exercise circuit around (new) Parliament House. There is a meandering walking track and a bike track through the well maintained & quite tranquil bush land that surrounds the House. From memory (haven’t been there for a while) you can do various exercises on different equipment along the length of the walking track circuit. I believe some of the equipment has been removed (not sure why) but still enough to do some chin ups, push ups etc. There are also tennis courts there – one side use to be open for public bookings – not sure if you can still do that.

Grail 12:50 pm 13 Jan 10

There are plenty of “fitness trails” in Canberra. There’s at least one running through Acton (the suburb that The Australian National University occupies). I remember walking past parts of one several times down near South Oval, so that’s one place you could start looking: the path is in the North/South avenue of trees here

There’s another trail on Acton Peninsula, running along the lake edge.

Both of these are immediately adjacent to cycle paths, with that particular cycle path continuing through the ANU up into O’Connor.

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