A FITNESS park in the northern suburbs will urge people to “take the first step” up a staircase.
Construction has started on the park in Alkimos Beach estate, which is due to open in August.
It will feature uphill circuits of fitness modules, with markers to indicated different circuit lengths and a grassed amphitheatre ‘cool down’ zone.
The park will also have shaded play elements for children, including a universally accessible swing and a slide.
The park and recent installation of floodlights at Leatherback Oval are part of Lendlease and LandCorp’s bid to create a sports and wellbeing hub in the estate.
Alkimos Pirates Lacrosse Club and Brighton Seahawks Junior Football Club have started taking advantage of night-time training opportunities created by the floodlights.
Jade McPherson (12) and Latika Morato (13) are members of the Brighton Seahawks Years 6-8 team.
“Football is fun and a good way to get agro out and now that the lights are up the we can play at night,” Jade, whose brother also plays for the club, said.
“Boys are more prompted to go to the gym and be fit and girls are meant to be the pretty ones.
“I think it’s very important for girls to be fit and maintain their fitness.”
Lendlease WA communities general manager Anthony Rowbottam said the floodlights would also encourage other community events to be held on the oval during summer.
The developers engaged a parkour expert, fitness groups, the gym and students at St James Anglican and Alkimos Beach Primary schools to guide the park design, which includes motivational words.
“Jacobs Ladder-like stairs to the peak of the park will form part of the fitness circuit,” Mr Rowbottam said.
“With 360 degree views to the beach and seating up top there will be no better place to watch the sports on Leatherback Oval.”
The fitness park will form part of a much bigger Hike and Bike trail, with interpretative signage and a children’s bike safety course due to open later in the year.