Outdoor gym to open in Keynsham’s Memorial Park

Keynsham park scenesetterBath & North East Somerset Council is planning on creating its first outdoor gym at Keynsham Memorial Park in March.

This will include outdoor fitness kit and three new measured and marked park trails for running, jogging and walking.

This is part of a series of improvements to the park, which will include widening of the entrance from the High Street with an extended hard surface put in, linking it to the existing path.

Six new welcome signs will be installed at the entrances and there are also plans to plant more flowers and shrubs in the park, which this year won a Gold Award in the RHS in Bloom Awards for the first time.

Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to a drop-in event at the One Stop Shop at the Civic Centre next Thursday, 5th February, from 10am to 2pm. Visitors will be able to view the plans and see a photographic display of the new equipment.

Cllr David Dixon, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Keynsham Memorial Park is already a vibrant park with two children’s play areas, a small skate park, picnic area, bowling green, multi-sport courts and café. We’ve also recently put in brand new toilets at the park.

“This fantastic project will really add to the facilities in the park as well as encouraging healthier lifestyles. These improvements will encourage adults to enjoy fitness regimes in the open air and provide new challenging play equipment for teenagers.”

And Cllr Ben Stevens, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “We are using £30,000 of regeneration funding for this exciting project, following consultation with town and ward councillors. This is part of our overall investment to revitalise the town with new jobs, new homes, and a revamped town centre.”

During the event next week there will also be the chance to find out about the old boundary stone seat and give your ideas on where to put it in the park. This seat used to be on the old county bridge and will be reinstated in the park.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of March. The council’s Active Lifestyles and Health Improvement Team will then provide an outdoor fitness coach and running leader to run sessions on the new equipment and park trails.