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Story by: ROB SETCHELL, Reporter
Thursday, October 25, 2012
OPEN-AIR fitness workouts are coming to March after funding was secured to install a new trim trail in West End Park.
Rotting old equipment is to be replaced with at least 16 new fitness features, ranging from rope climbs and vault bars to cross trainers and air skiers.
The Friends of West End Park have secured an £18,000 grant from WREN, a not-for-profit organisation which funds projects to help benefit communities neighbouring landfill sites.
Further funding for the free-to-use trim trail has also been secured from the Community Spaces programme.
Michele Katzler, who chairs the friends group, said: “This great new exercise kit has something for everyone, from older children right up to octogenarians and maybe even beyond.
“It’s no more than March deserves to enjoy, and we’re so happy to have gained some of the public funding allotted for such projects.
“With the Olympic and Paralympic Games still fresh in our minds, and enthusiastic approval from local GPs, community groups, secondary school, youth clubs and dance and exercise groups, we envisage an enthusiastic reception and happy usage by people of all ages for many years to come.”
Following two rounds of public consultation, the dark green trim trail will run in two sections.
Five items will be installed by the skate bowl path and five will run alongside the row of trees, adjacent to where the old wooden equipment stood.
The outdoor gym, which will feature a rowing machine, cross trainers and weight-training equipment, will be set in a grass triangle to the left of the path leading to The Chase and Little London.
The trim trail will be open for use every day, with Fenland District Council responsible for maintaining the equipment.
Peter Cox, WREN’s managing director, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community projects across the UK.
“We’re delighted to support the new trim trail equipment at the park.”