VIRGINIA BEACH – Construction will begin Monday on the Hillier Ignite Fitness Park on the beach at 36th Street, the city announced.
The city’s Public Works Department will begin with site grading, and S.B. Ballard Construction Company will build the park, which has been modeled after a fitness park in Santa Monica, Calif.
Construction is expected to last through June 1. During the work, beach access will be prohibited from the 36th Street stairs and ramp and inside the fenced construction area, according to the city.
The park was designed by WPL. It will feature strength-training apparatuses and exercise equipment that relies on body weight, including high bars, low bars, parallel bars, ropes, a level ring climber, slackline posts, swing-along rings, balance beam and multipurpose post.
The City Council approved the park in March. It is being funded by the nonprofit Hillier Ignite and will be donated to the city. Under the terms of the deal, Hillier Ignite will pay construction costs, estimated at $150,000, and provide a $50,000 maintenance and repair fund that can be used for the next 10 years.
Previous coverage on the fitness park:
- March 15: Virginia Beach council OKs Oceanfront fitness park two months after rejecting it
- Jan. 5: Councilman has new location in mind for failed Oceanfront fitness park
- Jan. 4: Changes to Oceanfront fitness park include porta-potty, shifted location in response to concerns
- Nov. 4, 2015: Oceanfront could soon have fitness park on the beach