Hangzhou offers more public space for fitness
Last year, numerous small spaces for sports and fitness emerged in urban areas in Hangzhou, the host city of the 2022 Asian Games.
According to statistics, a total of 308 sports facilities were installed citywide last year. They included 2,243 courts for soccer, basketball, volleyball, gate ball, tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, covering 789,000 square meters.
The city has a per capita sports space of 2.6 square meters.
Meanwhile, the local sports bureau has launched a campaign to promote public fitness in schools and communities and offered free and low-cost admission to local residents.
Last November, Hangzhou held a street basketball contest at a park embedded with a three-player basketball court in Gongshu district, which inspired other districts to open such facilities to the public.
The city's sports bureau rolled out a three-year action plan (2022-24) to improve the utilization of public areas by installing fitness facilities in spaces under bridges, on the tops of buildings, in parks and along riverside green trails.