Taking inspiration from the national and local strategies to encourage active lifestyles with all the health benefits of achieving greater physical and mental wellbeing through exercise, the outdoor Activity Park is designed to appeal to everyone of all abilities and ages; from families to the rapidly growing sector of modern outdoor sports enthusiasts who wish to pursue a tougher and more challenging exercise experience outside traditional gyms and health clubs.
It is well recognised that increased levels of physical activity, particularly when located in an outdoor setting, result in the following benefits:
Reduction in stress levels
Reduction in depression and anxiety
Enhanced social interaction
Feelings of happiness by being in the natural environment
The Activity Park is primarily designed for small groups and individual use and will not host large scale events. The outdoor Activity Park will comprise a series of woodland tracks, paths and boardwalks together with numerous gym exercise stations that will be intertwined with enhanced habitats that encourage greater biodiversity. The topography and features of the tracks will range from easy to challenging and will incorporate climbing walls, scramble tunnels and elements from sport and fitness challenge events such as open water swimming, mud wading, aerial runways, giant steps, graded inclines and balance challenges. The experienced users could synchronise their experience with mobile apps and create virtual challenges to allow individual contenders to compete against others using similar facilities.
The nature of the many graded routes will mean that the facility is accessible to all as there will be disabled access/wheelchair routes as well as activity play areas for children so that all members of the family will be able to engage in physical exercise at an appropriate level for their needs.
There are opportunities for cycle use of the Activity Park tracks which will complement the emphasis on sustainable forms of travel both within the development and connecting the development to the wider area. This will be enhanced by the creation of a spur connection to Sustrans Route 21 which runs from Greenwich to Eastbourne. Sustainable alternatives to car travel such as electric bicycles, will be explored further with options to connect with the stations in South Nutfield and Redhill.
It is hoped that it will be possible to work with schools and local GP’s to promote physical activity and mental health and wellbeing by supporting and encouraging exercise in the local area.
The emphasis on remaining physically and mentally active into later years will be enhanced by the proximity of the Rehabilitation and Respite Care Facility and Extra Care Apartments with the Activity Park.