Virginia Beach residents and tourists could soon work on their body and tan at the same time at the Oceanfront.
Local entrepreneur Luke Hillier on Tuesday presented the City Council with his plan to build “an adult playground” and gymnastics-style fitness park on the beach at 40th Street – complete with the workout equivalent of monkey rings – at no cost to the city. Hillier said it could draw locals and tourists.
“Right now, if you’re at the beach you can run, you can bike, you can do those things, but having a body-weight gym like this … increases dramatically the amount of exercise routines you can do and the diversity of work outs you can do,” Hillier said.
Hillier said the fitness park could open in the spring and would be the second of its kind in the United States. The other is at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, Calif., he said.
Hillier visited the California location about two years ago; he got the idea then to bring something like it to Virginia Beach, he told the council.
It will “really put as on the map as being a cool, fit community,” he said.
He added that it could help convince talented workers to relocate to the city and benefit existing residents.
Hillier said his non-profit, Hillier Ignite, would cover the cost of construction, donate the gym to the city and pay to maintain it.
Several councilmembers expressed a desire to let him do so. City spokeswoman Julie Hill said the City Council could officially approve the project at its Nov. 17 meeting, allowing construction to begin in time for its completion by spring.