New outdoor gym to get Leigh Park up and running

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THE huge success of an outdoor gym in Hayling Island is set to be replicated in Leigh Park.

Councillors have given the go ahead to provide funding for the gym equipment to be installed in St Clare's park in Warren Park.

The outdoor gym at Eastoke – called the Adizone – has been so popular with residents of Hayling Island they often have to queue to use the equipment.

It is durable and weatherproof and can be used by all ages and people with disabilities.

County Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who represents Leigh Park, said: 'You can't believe how delighted I am about getting this.

'I've been pushing for it for six months now.

'It's something that grandparents, parents and children can enjoy.

'There is already a skate park and a BMX cycle track and play equipment for the younger children.

'It means St Clare's will become a whole family destination. It will be a smaller version of the one at Hayling Island but I understand there are long queues over there at peak times, it's so popular.'

It's hoped people who cannot afford the monthly membership of a gym will use the outdoor equipment.

Cllr Fairhurst said: 'This gives people the chance to use the gym equipment and get fit when perhaps they may not be able to afford to join a gym.

'It's free and accessible to everyone. Children come from all over Leigh Park to use the skate park and BMX track so I'm hoping that's what they'll do with the gym.

'Parents and grandparents can even use it while their children are in the playground. I'm so pleased that this looks like it's going to go ahead.'

Havant Borough Council will stump up just under 9,000, taken from developer cash, while Hampshire Action Team – a fund run by county councillors – will provide up to 23,000.

The funding from Hampshire Action Team is set to be agreed in January. If that goes to plan it could be installed by the spring.

It comes as councillors recently decided to focus on having fewer, better equipped play areas rather than many.