Alkimos Active Day planned to celebrate fitness park opening

Sophie Spooner (centre) with Sherrilyn and Joanna checking out the fitness park. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Sophie Spooner (centre) with Sherrilyn and Joanna checking out the fitness park. Picture: Chris Kershaw

THE opening of a fitness park that connects to a “fitness precinct” designed to make health and wellness activities easy will be celebrated at the Alkimos Active Day on Sunday, November 25.

The fitness park adjacent Leatherback Oval at Alkimos Beach estate was designed in consultation with community members, fitness experts and local businesses.

It features static fitness equipment, grassed spaces, stairs for walking and running up and down or doing parkour and a safe fall environment for kids that includes a slide, swing and other traditional play areas.

Part of a wider retained parabolic sand dune, it also includes areas that people of all abilities can sit and watch the sport on Leatherback Oval or view the coast.

Body X Fitness owner Sophie Spooner runs a bootcamp at the park and said it was easy to get moving and stay active in the estate.

“There are lots of places to walk here; it’s a great walk to the beach, the kids are always out on their bikes and lots of people have dogs so you always see them out walking,” she said.

“When Lendlease were doing the park, they asked us what would be helpful.

“Steps were a big one and I had said I really wanted more static equipment – bars for pull up and chin-ups and shade.

“The big dune is great; I like to run up that dune as part of our bootcamp.

“The other element was having a part for kids, a place where they can play as well as shade while the parents can exercise as well.”

A concept plan for the fitness park.

Free activities at the inaugural Alkimos Active Day from 8am to 11am on November 25 will include boot camp tasters, yoga and parkour as well as 3km fun run waves leaving the oval to the Alkimos Surf Lifesaving Club and back every half hour.

Inflatable games, the Scouts climbing wall, face painters, music, a visit from Constable Care at the bike safety training track, local sporting clubs, City of Wanneroo, Scouts community barbecue, and food stalls will be located at Leatherback Oval.

The broader fitness precinct includes a park with trail running and distance markers, the oval, a youth precinct and a bike safety training track which will soon be linked to an interpretive signage trail.

Lendlease WA communities business general manager Anthony Rowbottam said the developer and LandCorp’s vision had been to create a health and wellbeing focus throughout the estate’s parks.

“Our residents are within 400 metres of a public open space,” he said.

“The Alkimos Beach Fitness Park is one of the mainstays of this initiative.”

Mr Rowbottam said the peak was universally accessible, and they had retained native vegetation with trees to provide shade in the longer term.