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Why Should Kids Have All The Fun?

by julia • May 20

Britain's second playground for old people has just opened in Hyde Park. The £40,000 facility features fitness equipment designed to provide gentle exercise, including a cross- trainer, body-flexer, free runner, sit-up bench, flex wheel and static bike.

Play areas for older people are popular in China and parts of Europe, but this is the first of its kind in London. While the under-60s will not be banned from joining in the fun, the site will be clearly signposted Hyde Park Senior Playground.

Madeline Elsdon, spokeswoman for the Knightsbridge Association, said: ''In the UK there are now more pensioners than children but few facilities for them in our parks. ''People need to stay active, maintain independence and are never too old to play."

The first pensioner's playground in Europe opened in Berlin in 2008. It was designed by Renate Zeumer, an engineer who noticed older people in China using simple pieces of government-provided equipment to exercise in parks, on the streets and in subway stations.

Now we can all look forward to getting old!