Free first-class facilities in Sutton parks

October 26, 2011 4:26 PM

Free first-class facilities in Sutton parks

Residents of Sutton are now able to use outdoor gyms for free as part of a local initiative to get people fit in the local area.

The open-air fitness centres in Beddington and Roundshaw parks will give residents the chance to work out in their local park. The range of equipment is suitable for everyone, from children and pensioners to fitness fanatics.

MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake said: "in these challenging economic times, it is not easy to keep fit through paying a usually substantial gym membership bill. For this reason, this new initiative is an affordable, enjoyable way of keeping fit, and will benefit anyone who choose to take advantage of it."

The gyms were installed following requests from local friends of the parks groups and funded by the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee's public realm funds.

Cllr Bruce Glithero, Chair of the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee, said: "We were happy to fund these outdoor gyms, following requests from residents. It was great to see people trying them out during their first weekend and I hope they continue to be a well-used addition to our parks."

The Friends of Beddington Park and pupils from nearby Wallington County Grammar School were among the first to try out the new equipment, which includes an air skier, hip twister, push up machine and an upright rowing machine.

The gyms, which opened on Friday 21 October, are located next to the playground at Beddington Park and by the tennis courts at Roundshaw Park.

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