Seven outdoor gyms now in Calderdale parks

James Matherson, foreground, uses the outdoor gym at Manor Heath Park, Halifax.
James Matherson, foreground, uses the outdoor gym at Manor Heath Park, Halifax.
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Around £100,000 has been spent on erecting outdoor gyms in parks across Calderdale.

NHS Calderdale and Calderdale Council worked together on the pilot project as part of the Healthy Towns programme.

The aim is to promote health and wellbeing in the community.

“NHS Calderdale has funded the outdoor gyms, which consist of free-to-use equipment that is low impact and includes a variety of exercises everybody can try,” said a spokesperson.

A mixture of cardiovascular and toning “stations” allow people to use their own body weight as the resistance in a workout meaning they can exercise at their own pace safely and effectively.

Local groups have been involved in the project and there has been positive feedback and further gyms are expected to be installed in the near future.

Each gym costs about £15,000 and is robust to last a long time and they are maintained by Calderdale Council.

They can be found at: Beechwood Park, Centre Vale Park, Copley Recreation Ground, Crow Wood Park, Hebble Trail, Hullen Edge Recreation Ground and Manor Heath Park.

Manor Heath was the first to be installed in 2011 and Hullen Edge, Elland, has just been completed.

Crow Wood Park gym was completed last month and replaces the old Trim Trail equipment.

Outdoor gyms have aso been built across towns and cities nationally as part of the drive to encourage fitness.