Seniors Exercise Park in Spotswood

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Hobsons Bay 360 #4: Helping our older residents keep fit, healthy and socially connected

We have recently refurbished Donald McLean Reserve in Spotswood to include specialised outdoor exercise equipment (Seniors Exercise Park) for older people to engage in physical and social activities. The brand-new equipment aims to help older people improve strength, balance, flexibility and mobility.

Council have teamed up with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) in a project called Enjoy Impact, to activate this brilliant new space for seniors. Local volunteers have been trained by NARI to show people how to safely use the equipment and each station at the park has a QR code that links directly to a video that shows people how to use the equipment correctly.

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 "The Donald McLean Seniors Park is fantastic. It's easy to get to from the train station and the equipment is fun to use. You get a reasonable workout." Dianne, Community Champion.


Why is it important to keep your body moving in your senior years?

Exercising is a great way to socialise and have fun while getting active. It’s also a boost for your mental and physical health, improving your mood and reducing stress.


"The seniors’ exercise park has already been so warmly embraced by the community and it’s great to see residents getting out and using the equipment. This park and the sessions run by our community champions are a great way to stay active. Just as importantly, you can meet new people and stay socially active, or get a group of friends together and have some fun." Mayor Cr Matt Tyler (Wetlands Ward).



"Staying social in your elder years is vital for mental and emotional well-being. Connecting with others keeps us vibrant, engaged and reminds us that community knows no age.Cr Tony Briffa (Cherry Lake Ward).


To view a map showing the locations of all outdoor exercise stations around Hobsons Bay, click here (pages 6 and 7).


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