Get your fitness fix in Solitude Park’s new gym

Council chairman Olive Mercer helps to launch the Outdoor Gym facillity in Solitude Park. Included are Gerry Bleakney, head of health improvement at the Public Health Agency, Councillors Marie Hamilton, Jim McElroy, Ian Burns and Junior McCrum with Andrea Nash, exercise referral programme co-ordinator, and Gary Major, recreation officer Banbridge District Council. INBL3713-GYM
Council chairman Olive Mercer helps to launch the Outdoor Gym facillity in Solitude Park. Included are Gerry Bleakney, head of health improvement at the Public Health Agency, Councillors Marie Hamilton, Jim McElroy, Ian Burns and Junior McCrum with Andrea Nash, exercise referral programme co-ordinator, and Gary Major, recreation officer Banbridge District Council. INBL3713-GYM

A new state-of-the-art gym has opened in Solitude Park, giving fitness fans the opportunity to workout in the great outdoors.

It’s the latest step by Banbridge District Council to try and promote a fit future for residents and visitors in the park.

Part funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA) as part of Banbridge District Council’s Fit and Well Programme, the equipment, which is fully certified to all British and European standards, consists of a crosstrainer, fitness bike, leg press, leg raise, assisted pull up, lateral pull down, dips, oblique, pull up and shoulder press.

Present for the opening of the Outdoor Gym was Banbridge District Council Head of Leisure, Ben Corr, Banbridge District Council Chairperson, Councillor Olive Mercer and Banbridge District Councillors Junior McCrum, Ian Burns, Marie Hamilton and Jim McElroy. Also in attendance was Gerry Bleakney, Head of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement from the Public Health Agency and ‘Fit and Well’ co-ordinator Andrea Nash.

fantastic

Speaking at the opening of the new open air gym Councillor Mercer said, “People of all ages can benefit with the installation of this fantastic new gym provision. Whether it is keeping fit, fighting the flab, or simply having a bit of healthy fun, generations can come together and engage with one another whilst staying healthy and enjoy the fresh air at the same time.”

Gerry Bleakney from the Public Health Agency stated “We are delighted to part fund this excellent project which will offer an alternative way to exercise for residents and visitors to the area. It’s a fantastic substitute to traditional gym based training and a wonderful compliment to the ‘Fit & Well programme’ which is also funded by the PHA in conjunction with Banbridge District Council.”

The equipment, which was supplied by The Great Outdoor Gym Company and installed by Garden Escapes, is accessible during normal park opening hours and is free to use by the public.