New York Plans Adult Playground Expansion

by Ryan Halvorson on Sep 21, 2012

Making News

Playgrounds aren’t just for kids. According to a June 29, 2012, article in the New York Times, New York City has plans to provide its citizens with “adult playgrounds” geared toward helping improve grown-ups’ fitness levels. The first park, located at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, was built several years ago as a test. The interest in the 15-piece playground has been so great that the city plans to scatter about 24 more of them throughout its five boroughs. This fall, the second adult playground will be built at John Jay Park on the Upper East Side and will include amenities like exercise mats and chess tables.

The cost of the playgrounds ranges from $75,000 to more than $200,000. According to the New York Times article, a children’s playground in New York or Los Angeles can cost anywhere from $300,000 to $2 million to build.

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Ryan Halvorson

Ryan Halvorson IDEA Author/Presenter

Ryan Halvorson is the chief content officer for Fit Scribe Media (; contributing editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; director of group training at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of, a lifestyle organization dedicated to finding ways to achieve improved fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits in 30 minutes or less. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has written for publications such as DETAILS and GQ.