Getting fit in the great outdoors — equipment to withstand all weathers is now in place at Selwyn Park

A gym without walls

by Andy Bryenton

The Dargaville Fitness Trail at Selwyn Park is officially open after a two-year process, which has seen three fitness trail stations constructed.

“As we were securing the fitness gear to the concrete, the kids were already playing on it!” says Dargaville Lions President, Brian Nesbit, after Kaumatua Rex Nathan blessed the facility and officially opened by Dargaville Mayor Dr Jason Smith. The fitness trail has been very popular with both young and old, and many groups are now using it regularly.

The latest set of equipment is a nine-station outdoor fitness hub. It’s something very new to Dargaville and has been very well received by the community, adding to existing monkey bars, chin-up bars, a sit-up and press-up bench, balance beams, parallel bars and a two-metre wall.

All three stations are approximately 400 metres apart, so patrons can run, walk or even cycle between them for more aerobic activity.

Future plans are to connect these with a shared path for running, walking and cycling.

This addition makes Selwyn Park a focal point for fitness. The park is already home to the Kauri Coast Community Pool, a skate park, playground and basketball hoop. Planning is also underway to include a pump track this year.

The project, supported by Sport Northland’s Kaipara community connector Roxanne Kelly, started in March 2017 when a Kaipara District Council community consultation process identified outdoor fitness as a community goal.

Roxanne approached the Dargaville Lions Club, who was keen to lead the concept as their centennial project.

The project has been mainly funded by an endowment the Lions received from the David Saies estate, as well as Kaipara District Council who supplied concrete for the last station.

Keen to get fit for the new season? Come and give it a try.