The addition of workout stations at the Slaughter Park Sports Complex has been a hit with area kids, but I found out that the equipment is geared more towards older populations. The video below gives you an idea of the newest amenity to the park.
The Keyrose family tried out each station the other day. My son, especially, liked the equipment so much that he wants to visit the park more often. I can't tell you what a relief it is to hear him say that when he, like so many kids today, spends a lot of time in front of a t.v., or a computer screen.
The low-impact feature of the different stations is perfect for both young and old people, I think. Pre-adolescent kids don't have the muscle strength to handle something more strenuous. An entry-level feature like this could prepare them physically as their bodies mature. For seniors who struggle with balance, joint rigidity, or loss of bone density, the playground equipment offers them an alternative to just plain ol' walking.
I applaud Parks & Leisure for adding this for the people of the Chacon neighborhood. Now bring on the skate plaza, and tennis courts.