This is a summary of reports from a small sampling of cities and towns that have had outdoor fitness equipment areas installed in their parks or public spaces. The sample includes responses from outdoor gyms in a variety of climates from tropical to sub-arctic; and outdoor gyms that have been in place for a range of time frames from less than one year to three years.
In general, reports are that the outdoor fitness equipment requires very little maintenance. The primary task is lubricating the moving parts on a regular basis, and re-tightening seats and foot pads. Regular cleaning or wipe down of the equipment was also reported as a routine task because it keeps the outdoor gym looking new and inviting. Many of the respondents said they included these routine tasks with their regular playground maintenance schedules and that the outdoor fitness equipment maintenance tasks are very similar to playground maintenance.