Work began on Wednesday to install a new green gym facility in Leighton’s Pages Park to encourage people to get fit outdoors.
The outdoor gym has been designed to incorporate 17 items of equipment across six stations, with the aim of to enabling people to keep fit who would not normally attend a conventional gym or sports centre.
The equipment includes a cross trainer, spinning bike, pull-up machine, dips/leg raise, recumbent bike, shoulder press, hand bike, plyometric boxes, leg press and abs bench.
The facility has cost about £39,000, with Central Beds Council releasing £35,000 of S106 monies, to go with £4,000 approved by the town council’s leisure and community committee.
Ian Haynes, head of grounds and environmental services at the town council said: “The installation will mean that further objectives set out within the Parks Master Planning exercise (2012) has been met.
“The Great Outdoor Gym products have been selected as they are not only manufactured in the UK; they also meet play standards (EN1176), Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) standards and are already aligned with the new British Standards (BSI) Outdoor gym specification PAS888.
“Four Cardio Charging items will also be included allowing users to charge their smart phones whilst working out. QR code which you can scan to view the ‘How to use’ demo video shown by the TGO trainers will be available on most of the items.”
“The project will be a great addition to Pages Park.”
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