Outdoor gym is planned for West Cumbria
Last updated at 20:01, Thursday, 19 May 2011
A charity group aims to build an outdoor gym in Workington’s town’s Vulcan Park in a bid to tackle the town’s obesity problem.
Fields in Trust has donated £27,000 to build the gym which could include treadmills, cross trainers, pedal bikes, rowing machines and weights machines.
Letters have been sent to people living near the park, encouraging them to get involved in the decision making and to suggest what gym equipment they would like to see installed.
Workington has been chosen because of its level of deprivation, said the charity.
A spokeswoman added: “We are building 10 outdoor gyms across the country in areas that need it.
“Workington has been identified as a deprived area and obesity is usually linked to that.
“By building on the site we are also protecting the land so that it can only be used for sporting purposes.
“It will be ring-fenced through the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee scheme, which forbids the land being used for anything but recreation.”
Allerdale council has added £3,000 to the scheme and residents are being asked for their opinions.
The first of two consultation periods is being held now and will run until May 31.
Ian Payne, Allerdale council strategic manager for places, said: “We would like to ensure that any equipment purchased by the grant reflects what the community would like to see within the park, and therefore we encourage everyone to let us know their preferences through the public consultation.”
People will then be asked to vote on the equipment put forward, and the items receiving the most votes would be installed.
First published at 19:21, Thursday, 19 May 2011
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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ITS ABOUT TIME THE PEOPLE OF WORKINGTON LEARNT ABOUT HEALTHY LIVING AND CONSIDER THE FUTURE GENERATIONS INSTEAD OF STICKING THEIR HEAD IN THE SAND.
IF THE OUTDOOR GYM IN WORKINGTON IS A SUCESS THEN PLANNING FOR OTHER AREAS WOULD BE CONSIDERED.
SO WHY NOT BE OPEN TO CHANGE AND ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY INSTEAD OF MOANING BEFORE WE HAVE A CHANCE TO CHANGE LIVES INCLUDIONG OUR OWN.
IF WE HAVE SOMETHING NEW SOMETHING POSITIVE MAYBE IT WILL HAVE A SNOWBALL EFFECT IE PARENTS ENJOY THE GYM THEREFORE RESPECT IT SO WILL ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN TO ETC ETC.
I THINK IT IS A POSITIVE THING TO COME TO A GHOST TOWN THAT WILL BE RIFE WITH DRUGS IF WE DONT ACT NOW!
I really do get fed up with so called consultants, planners etc who come up with an idea, get silly amounts of funding, bring in a company from outside our area to erect said equipment and then all pack up and leave, never to been seen again. The daily maintenance then falls down to the town or borough council which at the current time money would be better spent elsewhere than clearing up each day after the night before.
I live with a playpark behind my house - 24/7 on a nightly basis we are plagued by yobs who use it as there headquarters for drinking, anti social behaviour etc.The police are not in the slightest interested as they are out of sight of the main street.
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