By C.J. SALGADO
EAST LOS ANGELES — Atlantic Avenue Park got some upgrades this summer that the community will be able to make use of as warmer-than-normal weather keeps many enjoying the outdoors well into the evening hours.
The biggest improvement, after two months of work that began in July, is the installation of a new outdoor fitness system for ages 13 and above on the south side of the park next to the pool.
With five workout stations that target cardiovascular health, muscle strength, balance, and flexibility, users can find at least one exercise to work on, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Activities include balance steps, pull up/dip, (jump-training), chest/back press, squat press, cardio stepper, and assisted row/push up.
Plus, if all that exercise makes you want to sit and enjoy a meal in the park’s picnic area, there’s something new for you, too. Adjacent to the picnic tables, the park authorities installed new “smart” containers to improve recycling efforts. These solar-powered recycling stations feature a paired single-stream recycling container with a 150-gallon trash container and automatic compaction. An electronic monitoring system keeps maintenance updated about trash levels.
Last but not least, graffiti was removed from along the pool fencing.
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