BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood may be the first city in Northern California to boast an innovative trail system, which allows park visitors to use their smart phones to access a variety of exercises similar to a traditional par course.
Last week, the Brentwood Parks and Recreation Commission discussed placing the QR F.I.T. Trail System in Creekside Park, located at Claremont and Crescent drives. Users could visit signs posted in the park, using their smart phone's camera and downloading a free QR code reader application to access various exercise videos aimed at promoting physical fitness goals.
"It keeps us on the cutting edge of sports and technology," said commission chair Bruce Mulder.
Commissioner Eileen Hofstadt said that QR F.I.T. is based on recent trends toward self-motivated fitness and the newest generation that enjoys using their smart phones and the latest apps.
"It would be a fun thing to do with kids," she said.
If the city decides to pursue it, the system would cost about $5,000. In California, QR F.I.T. is located in San Diego and Anaheim, according to Brentwood Parks Maintenance Manager Roger Stromgren.
The exercises on the system rotate every three months and include squats, leg circles, lunges, push-ups, dips and other movements that target specific muscle groups in the body, Stromgren noted. The system will also provide data to the city on peak hours, time of day usage and phone types utilized to access the system.
"It would be great to have it in one of our parks," commissioner Alyssa Madden said.
Before making a final decision on bringing the system to Brentwood, city officials will research how it has been received in Southern California. After discussing several park locations, the commission agreed that Creekside was the best option.
"I think Creekside would be a great spot," Stromgren said. "It is just heavily used."
In other commission news, a proposed shade project might bring additional shade features to several Brentwood parks including over the bleachers at the Sunset Park Athletic Complex and Balfour-Guthrie Park. It would also bring relief from the summer heat to various sections of the popular Blue Goose Park off O'Hara Avenue and the new all-abilities, pirate-themed playground at Veterans Park on Balfour Road.
The commission is still working out the logistics of the shade project, but they hope to dedicate a total of $375,000 to five parks. Funding is anticipated to come from the East Bay Regional Park District's grant funds under the Measure WW park bond later this year.
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