Getting fit in Poole has never been easier or more accessible thanks to a grant of £65,000 by the Poole and Bournemouth Primary Care Trust.
This funding has meant that Borough of Poole has been able to provide outside fitness equipment at a further four sites within the borough in addition to the very popular Poole Park and Whitecliff Recreation Ground fitness trails.
Outdoor fitness equipment has now been installed at Sherborn Crescent openspace in Canford Heath, Hamworthy Park, Turlin Moor Recreation Ground and Canford Cliffs. This means local residents will be able to gain the health and wellbeing benefits of exercising in the open air without having to travel into Poole. All of the sites are linked to existing play areas, are designed for use by over-12’s and will have clear instructions showing how to use the fitness machines safely.
This investment by Poole PCT supports the development of environments that encourage local residents to become more physically active as prevention of chronic disease over the longer term is recognised as a highly cost-effective investment compared with many interventions for acute disease currently funded by the NHS.
Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "The PCT grant has allowed us to provide more outdoor fitness equipment across Poole following the success of the green gym in Poole Park and Whitecliff.
"It's great news that work is now due to begin at Branksome Recreation Ground which will provide residents with an interesting selection of fitness machines arranged around a one mile jogging route. I am positive that in this exciting Olympic Year all the new fitness equipment will be a well used local community resource by all ages and abilities."
Work is due to begin at Branksome Recreation Ground at the beginning of May. The development at Branksome will be funded by planning obligations money.