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

ENJOY promotes public health by combining built environment change and physical activity promotion intervention. Through our collaborative framework we aim 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.

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.

Only 25% of older people in Australia meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. With higher sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity reported among older people, creating opportunities for older people to engage in outdoor physical activity is important and requires commitment from the community and local governments.

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.

You can find out more about the evidence for the effectiveness of age-friendly research spaces by reading our research publications.

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

The Seniors Exercise Park features a range of outdoor exercise equipment designed for older people to help improve balance, strength, functional movement, joint range of motion and mobility.

The Seniors Exercise Park includes unstable surfaces which challenge balance, coordination and core strength.

Council and community organisations can access further recommendations for designing active outdoor spaces for older people.

You can watch a video or download a tip sheet on how to start using the exercise park below.

Instructions for using the Seniors Exercise Park

Where are the Seniors Exercise Parks?

Barry Road Community Activity Centre

36 Barry Road, Thomastown VIC 3074

Central Community Centre

80 Lonsdale Circuit, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029

Liscombe House

339 St Helena Road, St Helena VIC 3088


Mount Pleasant Reserve

Morton St, Ballarat VIC 3350

Ivanhoe Park

Lower Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe VIC 3079

Thomas Street Reserve

Thomas Street, Hampton VIC 3188

Carrington Park Leisure Centre

20 Oconnor Rd, Knoxfield VIC 3180

Wingham Park, Frankston

Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston VIC 3199

Victoria Park, Kew (opening late 2022)

450 High St, Kew VIC 3101