A new outdoor gym has been opened in Norwood Park thanks to local residents.
The equipment which includes basket ball and table tennis facilities, along with exercise equipment from a fitness bike to a shoulder press, was opened at the weekend.
It was made possible thanks to a successful bid for funding by local park user group The Friends of Norwood Park, who successfully applied for £44,000 from Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces programme, and the bid was supported by Lambeth Council.
The aim is for it to be used by young and old alike to improve health and fitness.
A spokesperson for the Friends said:
“The gym has only been open a few weeks but already it is a massive hit with local people.
“When the weather was good it was unbelievable how many people, especially school children, were using the equipment.
Adding: “We believe the gym will be a great facility for all park users. It will also enhance existing facilities in the park and what’s great about it is it is free to use.
“We would like to thank everyone who supported The Friends in this bid including Lambeth Council.”
Cllr Sally Prentice, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet member for Culture, said: “The Friends of Norwood Park do a brilliant job and I’d like to congratulate them for all their hard work in making this new gym possible. It’s a fantastic example of what can be achieved when local people and the council work together.”
Park Leisure successfully tendered for the contract and completed the gym on The Ridge opposite the playground at the end of February.
Park user groups like the Friends of Norwood Park play a vital role in managing, and improving local green spaces.
Some of the many activities they organise or are involved include fairs, fundays, Easter egg hunts, community tree and hedge plantings, wildlife volunteering and sports days. They also play an important role in consulting on the development and improvement of Lambeth’s parks and greenspaces.
For a list of local park user groups and their contact details visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parks
For more on how Lambeth is becoming a Cooperative Council visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/cooperativecouncil