Published on 11th March 2020
Today, (Wednesday, 11 March) Cheltenham Mayor Councillor Roger Whyborn officially opened the newly installed outdoor gym in Caernarvon Park, Up Hatherley.
Local parish Councillor David Willcox (Up Hatherley) and keep fit enthusiasts from Hatherley walking group eagerly tried out the new four-piece equipment.
The outdoor equipment, which cost almost £14,000 has been provided by Up Hatherley Parish Council and was supported by a successful grant funding bid by the council’s green space team of £4,500 from Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Growing Our Communities’ Fund to help deliver the project.
The robust kit is designed to offer free fitness for people of varying ages and abilities, including: a seatless chest pull and lat pull combi, a leg press, a cross rider duo and upper body workout and can be found in front of the children’s play area.
Mayor, Councillor Roger Whyborn, said: “This is a much needed facility, and with its location next to the running track, and the children’s playground, we hope it will be well used. When we surveyed residents about what they thought was needed in Up Hatherley, we found that many people identified the lack of exercise and sports facilities.”
Councillor Chris Coleman, member for clean and green environment, said: “It makes such a positive difference to local communities when they have healthy lifestyle choices such as outdoor gym equipment and it’s great to see this in place. I’m sure it will be very well received in the local area.”
Catherine Crowley, community parks officer, continued: “I’m delighted to have worked with the parish councils to deliver this equipment to the local community available for everyone to use. We all know the emotional and physical benefits that working out in the fresh air can provide and we’ve already had some great feedback.”
The Caernarvon Park outdoor gym equipment offering joins other outdoor gym equipment spaces located at the Beeches, Benhall Park, Elmfield Park and along the Honeybourne Line.
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