Congratulations are in order to the people of Recreation and Parks that made this new feature possible in the Northeast LA park of Sycamore Grove: exercise equipment for the masses. This addition debuted a few months ago and it’s been an instant crowd pleaser, as it should be since it really is a great idea. Praise for a City Dept? I can hardly believe it. Click ahead if you want to check out the equipment in use.
Near the children’s playground, this collection of unique exercise equipment intended for adults is an example of planning that actually considers the needs of a neighborhood. Poor and working class LA, that vast but ignorable sum of humanity, is more than likely not able or willing to part with hard-to-come-by money just to get an expensive workout. But supply them with access to free and decent exercise equipment and they’ll take to it in no time.
The Rules. The inevitable rules. Is there ANY remaining sphere of social life that isn’t dictated by a set of rules? First one on this list, even above number 1, printed boldly in red: You must be 14 years old and above to use this equipment.
Luckily, kids pay no attention to grown up signs. Go Rebel Kids! FTW!
mostly Latino exercisers checking out the equipment were trying hard to not appear to be really exercising, they’re just casually sitting on this machine and testing it out. If you know Mexican culture in LA, it makes perfect sense.
That still doesn’t stop them from going at it with force; this woman was getting a full workout at the swinging apparatus.
Some sort of climbing machine.
I told you it was popular. I go by here often and I almost always see someone at the equipment.
Didn’t you kids read the sign? Good for you!
I snapped this last one today, cruising by in a car. Another delinquent kid using the equipment. I think it’s an excellent use of our pooled collective funds. May communal gym equipment spring forth in a park near you! Now if we could only get a damn tool library going in our city.
Check out this clip announcing the equipment, thanks you tube!
Sycamore Grove Park
4702 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065