New “fitpark” lets Chicago parents get their play on

You may remember a few weeks ago when we asked Trainer Haley for some tips on great lunchtime workout spots in and around Chicago. Well, you’re in luck because a new gem just unveiled itself.

The carefree days of hanging around on the monkey bars and running around until the street lights came on, that’s what I remember about my childhood. You, too, can relive your childhood days while doing something fun and good for your body at the new Burnham Park Outdoor Fitness Station.

Thanks to Mayor Emmanuel, the “Chicago Plays” initiative has sprouted the construction of more than 325 Chicago playgrounds in the last five years.

Burnham Park takes a cue from the likes of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, CA, and is situated right off the Lakefront trail and 39th Street. This no-fuss, no nonsense playground includes incline benches, rope climbs, monkey bars, pull-up bars and a horizontal rock wall.

A playground may seem like an unlikely place for Chicagoans to get in a quick 20 reps, but if you’re a Crossfit enthusiast or just a fitness junky, this may be right up your alley.

This “fitpark” represents the first concept of its kind in Chicago, with many more likely to open up throughout the city following the Mayor’s grand plans. So with only a few solid weeks left of temps above the freezing point, you better check out Burnham Park before Chicago winter forces you to stay indoors. At least until next spring.

Do you think Chicago is a good location for parks like this? Tell me if you plan to check it out @freshpickdwords on Twitter!

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