New outdoor gym for Fremington

Joseph Bulmer

Work about to start on first ever outdoor “fitness park” in North Devon.

WORK is set to start this week on North Devon’s first ever outdoor gym following a year and a half of fund raising by the people of Fremington.

The �15,000 fitness park will be based at the recreational area in Beechfield Road and will feature a range of user friendly equipment suitable for almost all ages and abilities.

The cost has been met by dedicated fund raising from Fremington and District Community group, plus a �5,000 grant from local County Councillor Rodney Cann and �1,500 from a Co-Operative Community Grant.

Outdoor fitness areas are all the rage in countries such as Australia and America, particularly on beaches, but the equipment can be placed anywhere - examples including simple rowing machines, a ski stepper and parallel bars.

The resistance equipment works by using a person’s own body weight, with no additional weights involved.

“It is fantastic that people in Fremington and the surrounding area will have this facility, as it is difficult for those on low incomes to afford gym membership,” said community group chairman Frank Biederman.

“It can be used by anyone over the age of 10, right up to those in their eighties and nineties!

We are having an official launch on Friday, April 8, when the public can come along, have some tuition and learn how to get the most out of the equipment. We will be also taking names of people who may be interested in attending organised sessions.”

Cllr Cann added: “I was delighted to step in to support this scheme for with �5,000 from my DCC Locality budget.

“Frank and the group have once again shown what can be achieved by local people when working together with enthusiasm and commitment to make a difference.

“If ever there was a good example of the ‘Big Society’ at work it is Frank and his group, who have been leading the way for several years.”