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Old 02-23-2010, 05:04 PM   #1
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Building pull-up structure etc. in parks

I have finally gotten in contact with my local park authorities, and actually to my luck the park I am primarily considering starting group training in isn't owned by the city or regional park district, and is instead owned by the local HOA of the neighborhood. This is good news because the cities policies were basically prohibitive to any sort of start up (they wanted 40% just for the use of the park!).

Anyhow, it seems increasingly likely that the wonderful folks of the HOA would be interested in having me build a pull-up structure in the park, and maybe even additional "par course" type stuff down the road. Does anyone have any experience with stuff like this? I mean, I pretty much know the design I want to build (this one wfs), and am not really worried about it being robust enough (6x6's ftw), but I know that there are certain rules governing safe design for public use and I might have to find an architect or similar to sign off on the structure (more $). Once I have the design finalized and the materials purchased/sized, it's basically just a matter of picking up some day laborers, then dig, set, pour, drill, done. At most a two day project.

Any experiences/suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:54 PM   #2
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Re: Building pull-up structure etc. in parks

Here is the envisioned structure (wfs).
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:27 PM   #3
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Re: Building pull-up structure etc. in parks

In your PDF are the top four planks actually there or just for perspective im guessing? If so they seem to cramp the place up

For example the link you gave seems much more useful - you could actually swing over the top/MU when you grow more advanced...
In the pdf - thats out of the question.


Good luck with it m8 there are plenty of spots near mine and ive thought of similar myself


PS dont forget to add some dips stations!

And perhaps some lower level bars so shorter peeps or kids can still have a go.
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Re: Building pull-up structure etc. in parks

Good point, but there is more room than there appears from that angle. Plenty of room to do a bar MU on the inside half of the bars. The idea was I could have 4+ people doing pull-ups and 4+ doing ring work/dips at the same time with this setup. Nevertheless, it might be a good tradeoff to only include two of those diagonal planks. Here's more of a top view (wfs). As for shorter people, I haven't put it in the design yet but there will be foot steps on each 6x6 to get up. Thanks for the feedback.

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In your PDF are the top four planks actually there or just for perspective im guessing? If so they seem to cramp the place up

For example the link you gave seems much more useful - you could actually swing over the top/MU when you grow more advanced...
In the pdf - thats out of the question.


Good luck with it m8 there are plenty of spots near mine and ive thought of similar myself


PS dont forget to add some dips stations!

And perhaps some lower level bars so shorter peeps or kids can still have a go.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:39 PM   #5
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Re: Building pull-up structure etc. in parks

Also, here is my Google Sketch-Up file (wfs) if anyone wants to play with that. The software (wfs) is free also.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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Re: Building pull-up structure etc. in parks

I was wondering what those "steps were"


Hmmm i still think those four bars are a wee bit restrictive....think of some1 advanced who would like to actually swing 360 around the bar? He cant now...

Eg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHeIb...eature=channel < Not WFs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh819...3133E&index=11 < NOT WFS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L040V5Znq0&NR=1 Not WFS

Cant find the clip im after but theres alot of good revolution stuff you can do with a "bare" bar.

What purpose do they serve is it structural? Surely the design is solid enough without them? IE like the first linked pic...

You dont need to over engineer them imho - look at the apparatus here -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLCWMVkMLSs <= not WFS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uDJc-3ODog <= not WFS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VGUa...93133E&index=3 <= not WFS

Relatively clean and free lines, allowing greater freedom of movement. More minimal the better!

All imho! Good effort on getting off your *** and putting the proposal in
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Re: Building pull-up structure etc. in parks

Wow thanks again for all the references. Yeah I would like to be able to go nuts on the bars like that also, although I doubt anyone who works out at my local park cares about or is even close to being able to do more than chin ups or dips. You're making me think twice about having the cross beams on top, whose purpose is the allow more space for ring movements (e.g. HSPU, planche, etc.) by hanging the rings on the beam instead of the bar, and simply to allow more people to use the setup at a time (4 people on the bars, 4+ on the beams). Absolutely not structural; in fact they put a lot of weight up high and probably make it less stable if anything.

Come to think of it though, kids are going to want to swing and wrap themselves around those bars, so having total clearance vertically would be valuable. And as the design link shows, if you need to accommodate more people, just build another set. There's safety issues also with the beams if some kid decides to climb up there... Ahh that seals the deal for me haha I hate thinking about even the possibility of injuries/liabilities like that. I'll just stick with the beam-less design plus the barbell hooks. Thanks again for all the feedback.

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I was wondering what those "steps were"


Hmmm i still think those four bars are a wee bit restrictive....think of some1 advanced who would like to actually swing 360 around the bar? He cant now...

Eg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHeIb...eature=channel < Not WFs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh819...3133E&index=11 < NOT WFS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L040V5Znq0&NR=1 Not WFS

Cant find the clip im after but theres alot of good revolution stuff you can do with a "bare" bar.

What purpose do they serve is it structural? Surely the design is solid enough without them? IE like the first linked pic...

You dont need to over engineer them imho - look at the apparatus here -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLCWMVkMLSs <= not WFS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uDJc-3ODog <= not WFS.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VGUa...93133E&index=3 <= not WFS

Relatively clean and free lines, allowing greater freedom of movement. More minimal the better!

All imho! Good effort on getting off your *** and putting the proposal in
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:41 AM   #8
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Re: Building pull-up structure etc. in parks

Ahh cheers dude happy to help in any small way!


Lets face it your not often going to get a bottle neck of 4 lots of four pullup guys AND ring guys at the same time!

Its a bit like seeing a pink elephant and flying pig attending a honest politicians rally


Ahhh just reread - your gonna CF there! So yea you might lol!




Ive found once somebody pioneers a move - it pretty much gets picked up by all the kids/teenagers. Show them the way dude and who knows maybe theyll be knocking out stuff like that to!
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