St Andrews Parish Council say they are now working to bring a new leisure offering to the local community in the form of a modern outdoor gym.
The parish council says it is pleased to announce that at a recent full council meeting, it approved the purchase of a new modern outdoor gym facility to improve its leisure offering to the community.
Following requests from local residents for a new outdoor gym, Cllr Steve Heyes, Chair of the Play Parks Committee researched the options available to bring a modern gym facility to the area.
The parish council said it was impressed with the option Komplan offered, which in effect brings the indoor gym outside providing many pieces of equipment people would find at local gyms but specially purposed for outside use.
The gym is said to be designed so that any one from older teenagers to senior citizens can use it. In addition, it is accessible meaning people with special access needs can use it too.
The council says work will begin in November and the new gym will be installed at Brooke Park in Redhouse alongside the existing junior play park and multi-use games area (MUGA). It has been funded by Section 106 funds designated for leisure use so the council can deliver the new outdoor gym with no impact on the parish precept.
The gym is part of St Andrews’ ongoing investment in to play parks and open spaces, which includes continuing to modernise every play park over the coming year with accessible facilities.
Cllr Steve Heyes, Chairman of Play Parks Committee said: “We are proud to be delivering one of the most modern outdoor gyms available and one of the first few in the country. The equipment is free to use and as well as being available to older teenagers and all ages upwards it reaffirms our commitment to including people with accessible needs wherever we can. opportunity to keep fit.
"The parish council has 17 play parks now and has invested over £160,00 over the past three years on major upgrades. St Andrews parish council is fully committed to investing in parks and open spaces to improve the health and wellbeing of its community.”