Playgrounds aren’t just for kids anymore—or at least shouldn’t be! And that’s the very idea behind the multi-generational playground located just outside the Tyvola Senior Center at Marion Diehl Park. Here’s where you’ll find a variety of activity-inspired equipment right alongside a more traditional playground. If Goldilocks could visit, she’d agree. This park is “just right” for folks of any age!
There’s no learning curve here! The machines are easy to use and don’t require any weight adjustment or set-up. The soft rubber flooring is easy to walk on, and also more forgiving if you accidentally hit the deck during your outdoor workout. Each machine includes a picture that shows its intended use—and even breaks down some basic time intervals for getting the most from the time spent. If you need more help getting started, there are even scannable QR codes on the equipment that link to a video demonstration! Not sure how to take advantage of that tech? Ask one of the kids!
Most days at Marion Diehl, you’ll find children and their parents utilizing the more traditional playground part of the park, unaware of the newly-added features. Kids might occasionally explore the more “grown-up” exercise features, and that’s ok, too. However, the equipment’s design concept makes it obvious to both kids and adults which piece of equipment is best suited to them— even without having to specifically label anything. There are some signs that specify age ranges on equipment geared toward small children but otherwise, the system work out simply and organically.
Park-goers we talked to said they were, “blown away” by the amenities here, which also includes walking trails, a track, and an indoor pool at the adjacent Marion Diehl Recreation Center. Another young mother gushed that there literally was something for everyone – and if she weren’t working out chasing her kids, she be inclined to hop on a few of the machines and work up a sweat that way!
The multi-generational playground was developed and built in partnership with Southminster Retirement Community as a way to encourage interaction among seniors and health and wellness in a fun, low-key atmosphere.
Tracy McGinnis, Director of Philanthropy at Southminster, says the multi-generational playground has “exceeded expectations” and that they are working with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to create more opportunities to promote physical activity.
Sounds like a plan! No matter your age of level of physical activity, everyone’s welcome to get in on the fun at Marion Diehl. The park is located at 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.