Bhubaneswar: Continuing its strategy to provide better health and lifestyle practices, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has now installed facilities of Open Air Gym at 26 parks across the city. Nearly two years ago, the city had started with one such facility at Buddha Jayanti Park, which later became five and extended to 15 parks in 2017. In view of the huge popularity of the open air gyms in parks, the city authorities have now added open air gym facilities in 11 new parks spread across the city.
The parks where open gym facilities have been added recently are Buxi Jagabandhu Park in Mahisakhal, Chandrasekharpur Phase-1 BDA Housing Colony Park in Ward 8, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Park in Gandamunda, Mahatma Gandhi Park in Jayadev Vihar, K-8 Park in Kalinga Nagar, Joggers’ Park in Chandrasekharpur, K-6 Subudhipur Park, Rental Colony BDA Park in Ward – 15, Badagad Brit Colony Park, N-5 BDA Park in IRC Village and VIP Area Park in Ward-15.
Work on open gym facility will start soon at Prajnya Vihar Park near Baramunda.
Among the three Smart Parks created in Saheed Nagar, BDA-OMC Park also has the Open Air Gym facility in order to give the people of Smart District more smarter and healthier alternative to keep themselves active and fit.
The development authority had introduced the Open Air Gym concept in the city to instil the daily exercising plan in everybody’s lifestyle as most of the citizens were not active physically, but after the spread of this concept there has been a dramatic rise in the footfall in the park and people from all walks of life are using the equipment and stay healthy.
It can be mentioned here that Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo on the occasion of the 33rd foundation day of BDA, inaugurated the first Open Air Gym facility on September 1, 2015, at Buddha Jayanti Park in Niladri Vihar. Later in the same year Biju Patnaik Park near Capital Hospital, Kelucharan Park near Netaji Subhash Enclave, Gadakana, Madhusudan Park at Pokhariput and Kharavela Park near Khandagiri-Udayagiri caves were added to the list. Each set of outdoor fitness equipment comprised an air walker, sit-up bench, air swing, twister, set back or glider, push and pull up chair, knee/hip raise on parallel bars, big shoulder wheel, spinner, bench with fixed dumbbell, bench with fixed weight lift and poles with fixed weight.
As per the size of the park, however, two different sets of equipment, i.e. twelve or six are fixed in the areas earmarked for the Open Air Gym. (The list of all 26 parks having the facility has been included in this document.)
Here goes the list of all parks under BDA, where the Open Air Gyms are currently functioning and people are finding it interesting to try out and plan their daily dose of exercise regime amidst the natural surrounding and with convenience of either morning or evening hours or just go there both the time, if they can afford it as per their daily routine.
OPEN AIR GYMS IN BDA PARKS
- Buxi Jagabandhu Udyan, BJB Nagar
- Chandrasekhapur BDA Housing Colony Park, Phase-1, Ward – 8
- Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Park, Gandamunda
- Mahatma Gandhi Park, Jayadev Vihar
- K-8 Park, Kalinga Nagar
- Joggers’ Park, Chandrasekharpur
- K-6, Subudhipur Park
- Rental Colony BDA Park, Ward – 15
- Badagad Brit Colony Park
- N-5 BDA Park, IRC Village
- VIP Area Park, Ward-15
- Madhusudan Park Pokhariput
- Buddha Jayanti Park, Niladri Vihar
- Kharvel Nagar Park, Unit III
- Kharavel Park, Khandagiri
- Kalpana Park, Kalpana Area
- Harekrushna Mahatab Park, BJB College Arts Block
- Dumuduma Phase III Park
- Biju Patnaik Park, Forest Park Area
- Indira Gandhi Park
- Kelucharan Park, Gadakana
- Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Park, Satsang Vihar
- Judhisthira Das Park, N-3, IRC Village
- Gopabandhu Nagar Park, Unit VIII
- Dharma Vihar Park, Jagamara
- Sailashree Vihar Phase VII Park, Sailashree Vihar