The Miami Springs City Council was presented an option for a $155,000 outdoor fitness facility along Curtiss Parkway. And while everyone supported the idea of adding additional fitness facilities to the City, there was concern that this concept would not fit the look of Curtiss Parkway. Councilman Walter Fajet felt this looked “too urban” and didn’t fit the green landscape of Curtiss Parkway.
Outdoor Fitness Court Details:
- 38 feet by 38 feet square area
- 7 workout stations
- Rubberized floor tiles
- 38′ wide wall
- Price after discount: $155,000
Below is an example of an outdoor court that was installed in Tamarac, Florida with an additional roof coverage.
Parks and Rec Director, Omar Luna, said that this could be used to replace the gym stations at Stafford Park.
City Manager William Alonso suggested using the wall to advertise sponsors to help pay for this.
Walter Fajet said “I don’t want to see sponsorship along that wall.”
Mayor Mitchell was bullish and thought this was something exciting to add to our city.
CONCERNS / OPINION:
We think this is a great item for the wrong place. This would look great at Stafford. It would look great at Peavey Dove Field. It would look horrible and out of place on Curtiss Parkway. Curtiss Parkway is a beautiful green space and we need to protect that greenery.
We agree with Walter Fajet that this looks too urban and doesn’t fit with the look of Curtiss Parkway.
- Pull up bars
- Parallel bars
- Multi-Height Boxes
- Rubber Floor
- Ugly Wall
Issue 1: Is this a good value? Call me skeptical, but all I see are pull up bars, boxes, and some parallel bars. It seems like a lot of money for this.
Issue 2: Bad fit for location. This doesn’t fit or look right at this location. This would look better on Stafford or Peavey Dove Field or the Tennis Center if we move the Tennis Center to the Country Club.
Issue 3: Congregation. This is going to create congregation at one spot of Curtiss Parkway instead of having stations spread along Curtiss from the Parking lot to Deer Run (similar to the layout on Stafford Park.)
Issue 4: Only one option? I also hate / despise and find it irresponsible for the city to only show one presentation. Like there aren’t a million other options and configurations. This may be the best thing since sliced bread (I don’t think it is) but by presenting multiple choices (aka shopping around) we tend to get better solutions for the city. Can we get some other options?
Issue 5: Sponsor wall. The idea of having a permanent sponsor wall like a NASCAR wall is disgusting and not with the character of our beautiful golf course and green pathway.
Issue 6: It’s ugly. There’s no way of sugar coating it. This thing is very ugly and out of place on Curtiss Parkway. It’s not out of place on Stafford, Peavey Dove, or the Tennis Center if the Tennis Center moves to the Golf Course. It is completely out of place on Curtiss Parkway. Unless you surround it with shrubbery and greenery.
Issue 7: Rubber Flooring. This is expensive flooring that will need to be repaired / replaced over time. I’d rather save the money for expensive rubber flooring and keeping more natural grass on Curtiss Parkway.
Add to Peavey Dove or Stafford Park
Add the above proposed outdoor fitness court feature to Peavey Dove Field or Stafford Park. Keep Curtiss Parkway green and beautiful. The Parks and Rec Director implied this would replace the features on Stafford. If that’s the case, then place this at Stafford. That said, Stafford has far more than just 7 workout stations that this outdoor fitness court purportedly has.
Spread Stations Across Curtiss Parkway
Think of Stafford Park. There are various workout stations that have been there for over 30 years. They’ve lasted the test of time. They are not all congregated at one spot and spread throughout the course. They City of Miami Springs could install a variety of modern workout stations along the Curtiss Parkway pathway that would reduce the eye sore and prevent congregation at one location.
What do you think?
Should we add fitness stations to Curtiss Parkway?
If so, do you prefer the concentrated fitness court concept or the more spread apart fitness stations?
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