We are looking at the feasibility of installing an Adult / teenager obstacle course in one of our parks - the park is quite large and the idea is to have several activity nodes positioned throughout the park that each have different types of equipment (i.e cargo nets, parallel bars, climbing walls etc). A problem is how to design obstacles / equipment that will appeal to adults and teenagers and present a challenge, but not present a hazard to unsupervised children who may try to use it.Does anyone have a purpose built Adult / teenager obstacle course in any of their public open spaces and if so how did you address the issue of safety concerning younger children if they try and use the equipment?
Any feedback will be appreciated.
We did something similar on a linear coastal park in Dunsborough with a mix of fitness and obstacle equipment. The nodes are located along a popular dual use path and intervals of 100m+. To mitigate the issues we installed rubber soft fall with synthetic grass overlay to comply with Australian Standards. Most playground providers now have a good range of this equipment and would avoid cheaper options as they have ongoing maintenance issues.
The fitness equipment has signage noting that its for persons over 14 years of age. There is also a sign at the start explaining the purpose. The area is now very popular with cross fit training providers.
The main issues we have had has been the heat stored by the rubber/grass combination, it dissipates quickly once stood on and generally most are wearing shoes. We have covered one with a shade shelter and the others were located under tree canopies which also helps with the heat of summer.
Hope this helps.
Thank you Karl - that info is helpful.
Got any links/images we can see for the one on the coastal park?
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