Active ageing in the outdoors for older people: working together for a healthier world

Creating inclusive and accessible outdoor environments that encourage and provide opportunities for older adults to engage in physical activity and social interaction is important for healthy ageing.

The National Ageing Research Institute in partnership with several local governments, government bodies and stakeholders have been working together to create age-friendly outdoor spaces for older people to engage in physical and social activities for healthier and liveable cities and communities in Victoria.

The design of outdoor public spaces, including parks, leisure spaces and outdoor exercise equipment should be inclusive of all ages and abilities. We have provided some practical recommendations and suggestions for the design of age friendly outdoor spaces.

For further details please contact the project leader Professor Pazit Levinger.


The ENJOY Seniors Exercise Park IMP-ACT project:

IMProving older people’s health through physical ACTivity: A hybrid II implementation project design

The ENJOY IMP-ACT project is an implementation research project. The project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an implementation framework on increasing uptake and usage of the Seniors Exercise Park across several local government areas in Victoria, the impact of the ENJOY Seniors Exercise Park on older people’s physical activity and wellbeing, and the social return-on-investment (economic evaluation). Further details can be found in the study protocol.

Participating Partners:

Local Governments: Wyndham City Council, City of Whittlesea, Mitchell Shire Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, and Nillumbik Shire Council

Other partners: Monash University, Curtin University, Sydney University, Park and Leisure Australia, Lark Industries.

Funding body:

Commonwealth of Australia Medical Research Future Fund

Trial registration:


Project Activities

We are conducting training, events and mobile app development to engage community and stakeholders in various locations where there is a Senior Exercise Park. Our locations include Thomastown, Eltham, Spotswood, Hoppers Crossing, Seymour, and Kilmore.

Our training includes:

  • Free training for allied health professionals
  • Training older volunteers (Champions) so they can teach community members
  • Free induction sessions (come and try) for community members, supervised by a qualified allied health professional (physiotherapist/Accredited Exercise Physiologist).

Find out more about upcoming events and training at:

Barry Road Community Centre, Thomastown

Andrew Pocket Park, Eltham

Donald McLean Reserve, Spotswood

Central Park Community Centre, Hoppers Crossing

The Elms Reserve, Kilmore

Chittick Park, Seymour