Prague plans exercise areas for parks

Every city district will get funding for public fitness equipment

Prague will build dozens of new fitness areas in parks across the city by next year. The project should cost Kč 33 million. The “fitparks” will be free to use and readily accessible to the public.

“The first sports ground should be set up this autumn and the others in the spring of next year, so that it will be possible for the people to use them in the next summer season,” Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD) told daily Mladá fronta Dnes (MfD).

The development of the fitparks depends on when the city sections can prepare individual projects.

The new exercise areas will be designed for use by people from 8 years of age and up. They will be at least 200 square meters spread across four sections with a running track that offer users full-body exercise. Suggested exercises will be described on information boards.

The Prague 7 Town Hall plans to place its fitpark in the newly built park U Vody in Holešovice near most Barikádníků. “In addition to the classical equipment, we are considering one or two exercise machines for disabled people,” Prague 7 Councilor František Vosecký (PRO 7) told MfD.

Prague 13 will put new equipment in the Central Park in Lužiny before the end of this year. Prague 4 has not decided on the final location of the sports grounds, but has seven options. Prague 2 has narrowed it down to Nusle or Svatopluk Čech Park in Vinohrady.

Prague 11 has picked a park between the Háje and Opatov metro stops.

The plan originated last spring when Prague was the European Capital of Sport for 2016. The plan turned out to be very complicated, and the city decided instead to let each district handle its parks, Deputy Mayor Dolínek told MfD.

The Czech Olympic Committee (ČOV) is contributing Kč 6.3 million to the fitparks, and will use them for training in some disciplines. The exercise areas can also be used by schools, sport club and the general public.

Prague is also planning more playgrounds near schools. The city has also bought land for the construction of a new waterpark in Troja. Multifunctional sports halls for gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, handball and floorball are in several stages of planning.

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