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Outdoor Fitness Equipment Installed for Public Use
A local kindergarten group tested the equipment on a recent museum visit.

Outdoor Fitness Equipment Installed for Public Use — Dec 9, 2013

Nine pieces of Danish outdoor fitness equipment are now part of the 30-acre Jens Jensen Prairie Landscape Park surrounding the Museum of Danish America. The Danish-designed powder coated steel equipment is simple and attractive while retaining the basic functions required to train and maintain the body.  It can be used by people of all ages and fitness levels.   Funding for this project was made possible by grants from the Shelby County Health Foundation, Iowa Great Places, and the Shelby County Community Foundation.

The equipment was purchased from motionUSA, a company that has served the park and recreation industry since 2006 when they began a partnership with Norwell, the Danish manufacturer of the equipment. View a video demonstration of the equipment. 

Why place fitness equipment in a prairie restoration park? 
Jens Jensen (1860-1951), a Danish immigrant, was one of America’s greatest landscape designers in the early 20th century. Best known for his designs for the Chicago Park System, Jensen was also an advocate for all people to have access to natural environments and outdoor recreation.  He disliked straight lines in park design – and there are no straight lines in the Danish-designed fitness stations!