There are only 2 Bootcamp companies that conduct Group fitness classes at Edinburgh Gardens and one fitness trainer who does one on one training….a very small footprint on one of the largest parks in the City of Yarra!
On averarge 10-12 people attend with numbers dwidling to less than 8 during the depths of winter.
These 2 small businesses will be totally banned based on the proposed policy.
There are no objections to paying a licence fee for the commercial use of the park.
The fee should reflect the costs of administering the permit system, maintenance, wear and tear on park infra structure.
Unrealistic fees prohibit businesses from being commercial viable while necessitating the need to increase session costs that are absorbed by the client.
The average amount of sessions clients attend is 2-3 times a week to get maximum results and lose weight/get fit. Once a week will never achieve the results they desire.
Similairly can a business be commercially viable conducting one session a week at the rate of $38 per session at one of only 4 parks deemed appropriate for group training.
Both companies utlise the whole park without concentrating on any one area.
Secondly sessions are conducted in off peak times being at 6-7am, 6.30-7.30pm Monday – Friday and before 10am on Saturdays.
People have the right to train outdoors in our beautiful parks as rate payers.
Group fitness offers affordable exercise that is easilly accessible to the local community.
Edinburgh Gardens, is one of the largest parks in the City of Yarra and the council proposed policy is not allowing any group fitness classes that train over 6 people, therefore eliminating those existing business from the park.