Fitness equipment at Parque de los Niños

Public Fitness Stations Installed in Parque de los Niños

Authored on
July 27, 2023

The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department has completed a project to install fitness equipment in Parque de los Niños. The project aims to provide new recreational opportunities within the small lower westside neighborhood park, located at 520 Wentworth Avenue. 

A new multigym, designed for all fitness levels, includes eight exercise stations to offer a full-body workout and can accommodate up to 5 users simultaneously. Exercise Stations include a high pulley station and a low pulley station with an adjustable weight stack, a chin-up bar with an assist function, a dip station with an assist function, an abdominal vertical knee raise station, an adjustable back extension bench, a calf raise station, and a plyo box. The multigym features instructional placards with visual examples of suggested workouts and QR codes that can be scanned from a smartphone for more detailed instructions and how-to videos.

Two cardio climbers, which mimic climbing a set of stairs, allow users to focus on strength training or cardio. Users can customize their step height based on their fitness level and adjust their workout intensity by increasing or decreasing their pace.

In addition to the new fitness equipment, the project included the installation of a new drinking fountain with a water bottle filling station and sidewalk repairs.

Funding for the project came from a Community Development Block Grant. These grants, issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provide federal funding for projects that aim to improve the quality of life for neighborhoods with low and moderate incomes, as identified by U.S. Census data.