FITNESS fans in Leamington have a new outdoor gym to use in Victoria Park.
The area near the skate park has been laid with astro-turf and now features two bicycles, two cross-trainers, parallel bars and pull-up equipment.
It is open for the public the use was made possible after £20,000 of funding from property developers AC Lloyd Homes and £5,000 from Leamington Rotary Club, which included a donation from The Rotary Club of Bruhl, Leamington’s twin town in Germany.
Former Leamington Rotary president Brian Bassett said: “It is brilliant the equipment is already being used by so many people. I have been down to use it myself and there were people of all ages having a go which was great.
“Providing facilities for people to exercise outside is helping them keep fit, thereby ultimately saving the NHS expense and also attracting people to the park.
“We would like to thank AC Lloyd for its generous donation which made this project possible.”
The outdoor gym is part of improvements being supported by Warwick District Council and Government’s Local Growth Fund ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Neighbourhood services spokesman coun Alan Rhead said: “This was a wonderful donation which will help local people take part in an extended range of activities in Victoria Park, giving park users the option to do exercise, that they would have normally done in an indoor gym.
“The outdoor gym is in addition to many upgrades and restoration projects that are currently taking place in the park, such as the upgrading of the children’s play facilities and the resurfacing and widening of footpaths, helping visitors to enjoy this beautiful public space.”
AC Lloyd managing director Alistair Clark says the gym is a great addition to the park.
He added: “It has been fantastic to see so many people visiting the park and taking advantage of the new equipment.
“The pandemic has inspired more people to make fitness a priority and this is the perfect time for equipment of this type to be made available.”