The weather is finally starting to heat up, which means we can all come out of our winter hibernation and start to venture outdoors again! Being active outdoors is an essential part of healthy living and here at Peet we take the topic of healthy living pretty seriously – when we are creating new communities, open spaces, pathways and cycleways are all carefully considered in the early phases of design.
Within a community there should be many spaces for everyone to enjoy; somewhere to walk your dog, a place for the kids to play, accessible places for all people to enjoy and plenty of spaces for picnics and kicking the ball. Open spaces have become popular meeting places for residents, providing them with an opportunity to connect and feel a sense of belonging and wellbeing. We like to start our open space creation process by consulting with the community and understanding what they want to get out of being outdoors.
Peet partner with experts in the field of community and place creation, delivering many benefits to our residents, and one such partner is Creating Communities Australia.
An effective way of creating the best open space for people is to engage them in deciding what type of uses it should have, who are going to be the users, and what types of “things” should be providedAllan Tranter, Director Creating Communities
Many of our communities such as The Village at Wellard in Western Australia, are designed with movement networks that make “finding 30” a breeze. Experts believe that doing 30 minutes of physical activity everyday leads to a healthier and happier lifestyle. Try walking or cycling to and from the bus or train station. Or walking, cycling or scooting to and from school is another great way of incorporating exercise into your daily routine.
Careful attention to convenience and open space have taken absolute precedence in Lightsview’s design, in our South Australian community. Today residents are welcomed by large parks and open reserves to a whole new world of recreation and respite with every new home being within 200m of open spaces.
Well designed, attractive, functional open spaces are becoming more and more important in our communities today. They are now one of the most important meeting places for residents but they have to user friendly and people need to feel that they are welcome and belongAllan Tranter, Director Creating Communities
Outdoor gym equipment
Outdoor gyms are a fantastic way to get fit and increase your Vitamin D levels at the same time. They enable you to complete circuits, which are sometimes not possible within the constraints of a regular indoor gym. Why not take the kids with you and make it a family outdoor workout. Outdoor gyms have no opening and closing hours, so you can exercise whenever you like and best of all it's completely FREE!
Our Communities with outdoor gym equipment
Open and recrational spaces
All of our communities feature functional and attractive open spaces; whether it be playgrounds, walking trails, bike tracks or sporting grounds. Some communities are even located on the cusp of regional and national parks which make it easy to explore the outdoors with the family.
Did you know that Spring Mountain in Queensland has its very own free weekly parkrun? Head to Spring Mountain Reserve Park on Tully Connection Road, from 7am every Saturday to take part in the 5km park run.
National and regional parks
You Yangs Regional Park is just over half an hour away from Cornerstone Weribee in Victoria. Perfect for bushwalking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
Tamborine National Park is a short drive from Flagstone in Queensland and offers some exceptional scenery, including glimpses of the Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast skyline. Regional Rec Park is coming soon to Flagstone will see a Dog park with water play, 3 x adventure playgrounds, pump trail, fitness trail, maze plus more!
Relax at one of Spring Mountain's local lagoons - home to natural bushland, a variety of bird life and grassed areas.
People need places to connect with others in their neighbourhoods. Great parks are great meeting places. Kids need places to be outdoors and play with other kids both for the physical health but also to build their social skills and grow to love nature, all of which contribute to their mental healthAllan Tranter, Director Creating Communities
PlaygroundsThe recently opened Safari Park at Cornerstone Werribee features some pretty impressive giant animal structures - there is also plenty of shade-covered picnic areas perfect for family fun!
Kids need places to be outdoors and play with other kids both for the physical health but also to build their social skills and grow to love nature, all of which contribute to their mental healthAlan Tranter, Director Creating Communities
If you love swimming then the open water swim held annually at Shorehaven at Alkimos in Western Australia is a great event for all those super fish out there!
There are so many ways to get active within our communities, getting out and enjoying the spaces in your community is not only a great way to keep active but it also allows you to connect with your neighbours and improve your sense of belonging.