Urban gym for Meadow Park, EarleyBy Jon Nurse
July 23, 2012
Families can keep fit and exercise side by side as an urban gym muscles into Earley.
A circle of outdoor gym apparatus will be installed in Meadow Park, between two children’s play areas.
Earley Town Council was awarded more than £19,000 by a community trust and planners decided the money should to used to benefit adults and teenagers using the park in Meadow Road.
Senior park ranger Grahame Hawker said: “I saw the equipment many years back at a show in Windsor and I was very impressed.
“It was compact, bright, colourful and able to be used by all ages. There could be mums, dads and grandparents on it at the same time.
“We have a lot of stuff for youngsters at the park but very little for adults, so we discussed the idea with our visitors and they said they thought it was a fantastic idea.”
The grant has come from the SITA trust, an organisation dedicated to making lasting improvements to the natural environment and community life, which has selected sites protected through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.
The council signed up to the challenge preserving open spaces in Earley, including Meadow Park.
Volunteers donated their time to improving the biodiversity of the park and have promised to complete all the groundwork themselves, ready for gym equipment to be lifted into place.
Mr Hawker said: “We hope the urban gym can be used by lots of people and help build a healthy population. Gym membership is quite expensive now. This area will have all the same equipment as a normal gym out in the fresh air and be completely free.
“It’s going to be installed very soon, it’s just a case of waiting for the weather.”
The new facilities were due to open last week but this was delayed because of waterlogged grounds.