Park is no place for fitness classes


Joan Jacobs,
Subiaco.
Picnickers would rather not have to fight with fitness trainers for coveted real estate, like this table, in a park.
Joan Jacobs, Subiaco. Picnickers would rather not have to fight with fitness trainers for coveted real estate, like this table, in a park.

TRAINER Susan Anderson represents herself as being hard done by, courtesy of “a small minority of Subiaco ratepayers” (Western Suburbs Weekly, August 2).

Ms Anderson has been conducting fitness classes in the covered barbecue picnic area of Subiaco Common for some time, often several times a day.

The covered barbecue area tables and benches have been used as press up benches; step up benches, as well as where her equipment, weights and so forth are placed.

The clients would then conduct boxing, running on the spot and numerous other exercises alongside this covered BBQ space. There are only two such covered areas in the park.

A reasonable person would assume that these facilities have been made available for the wider community to use for barbecues, picnics and so forth rather than for a commercial enterprise.

Only a few metres from this area is a sign that has clearly stated NO EXERCISE CLASSES.

Trainer Anderson appears not to have complied with this council sign.

If an injury occurs with one of her clients using facilities, no doubt the council is the body that would be sued.

As a ratepayer, I believe commercial enterprises have no place at Subiaco Common.

Well done Subiaco council for standing up for ratepayers.