Yes, you read that headline right. There are now playgrounds designed specifically for adults. As with Halloween, Skate Boarding and Action Figure collecting, adults are extending their childhood interests into their mature years.
That is according to a New York Times article by Winnie Hu, “Mom, Dad, this Playground’s for You.” The article describes it this way: “Though there are no swings or slides — these are essentially outdoor gyms — such playgrounds not only have the look of traditional children’s play spaces, but they are also built in some cases by the same manufacturers.”
The article informs us that “[t]he adult playground concept is borrowed from China and parts of Europe, where outdoor fitness areas for adults have become as routine as high-fiber diets or vitamin D supplements in preventive care, particularly for older people.”
The idea is that people won’t exercise if it seems like work. If they are playing, however, exercise
becomes a byproduct of having a good time. Is there a business there? Well, there seems to be. A company called GameTime, a children’s playground equipment producer, has a line called iTrack which is designed for adults.
This of course raises the question: shouldn’t there be backyard versions for adults? It looks to me like there could be a business there. What do you think?