Aspen Island Upgrade
Australian Capital Territory | Urban
Located at East Point Reserve, Darwin, EPSW was established as an upgrade to the existing pull up bars which no longer met the needs of the community, the members of which enjoyed using the reserve for fitness and recreational purposes. The upgrade was completed over four weeks in October 2019, and officially opened for public use in November of 2019.
EPSW offers a range of body-weight training equipment for people of all abilities. The custom designed infrastructure by Spartan Parks includes two vertical/dance poles, two dip bar stations, two ring bars and two multi-bars for close/wide grip chin-ups at varying heights, a boxing bag holder and a speed-bag platform. Additional equipment available to the public includes low and high horizontal bar variations for chin-ups, pull-ups, muscle-ups and other calisthenics and cross-fit exercises, including a vertical and horizontal ladder, triple bar and a wing overhang. Several of these components have been designed to be accessible for people using a wheelchair.
The site is surrounded by public open space and can be accessed via a pedestrian path that runs alongside it. It additionally features a disability access ramp that is positioned directly in front of two dedicated disability parking bays, ensuring ease of access for those with limited mobility.
The local community, led by Bar Brothers & Sisters Darwin, had significant input into the development of this project, together with primary stakeholders; the City of Darwin (Council) and the Northern Territory Government (NTG). The project was supported by Total Recreation NT Inc. – a Darwin based not-for-profit organisation focused on the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and recreation, led by CEO Keoh Goodall, as well as the Local Electoral Office of The Hon. Chief Minister of the Northern Territory; Michael Gunner, who is the local member for the electorate of Fannie Bay.
Funding for the project derived largely from the Community Benefit Fund (NTG), backed by two Community Grants (City of Darwin), and in-kind and written support provided by 16 other local organisations and businesses, as well as a community petition with over 300 signatures in favour of the upgrade.
The upgrade has improved livability in Darwin by providing a vital public asset that promotes health and wellbeing while enabling all members of the community to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle at no cost. Furthermore, it has had a positive impact on the overall use of the area, transforming it into a popular outdoor health and fitness hub.