August 2021

Research News 

The ENJOY project won the 2021 Research Award in the annual Parks and Leisure Australia Awards for Excellence for Victoria and Tasmania for outstanding research that has made a significant contribution to the parks and leisure industry. ENJOY has promoted the benefits and importance of the parks and leisure sector for older people while enhancing knowledge in this important field. The ENJOY project is now one of the National Finalists for the 2021 National Awards of Excellence and will be competing against other region winners of the same category, the winner of which will be showcased as the best in Australia for 2021.

The ENJOY project (Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect in the cOmmunitY) was undertaken by NARI between 2018-2020 in partnership with Wyndham and Whittlesea City Councils and the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria, and supported by Gandel Philanthropy.

The ENJOY project contributed to building a body of evidence on the positive impact of purpose-built Seniors Exercise Parks to promote healthy ageing. Outcomes highlighted the potential of this innovative approach to positively impact older people’s lives through changing the built environment and including specialised equipment. NARI has now commenced a new collaborative project, ENJOY MAP for HEALTH. As part of the ENJOY MAP for HEALTH, two additional age friendly parks in Ivanhoe and Ballarat were opened in late 2020. Ivanhoe Park was also recognised for its contribution to the Australian community and received a High Commendation in the Playspace Award (<$0.5M) category of the 2021 Parks and Leisure Awards for Excellence.  Ivanhoe Park was created as part of a collaboration between NARI, Banyule City Council, State Trustees Foundation of Australia, and Lark Industries.

NARI acknowledges the generous support of Gandel Philanthropy and State Trustees Foundation of Australia for their important contribution to promote public health, and to address the need for more age-friendly active outdoor spaces that provide opportunities for older people to engage in safe physical and social activities.