Get in shape on next visit to Kettering park

Local residents and council officials are celebrating after Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, was awarded �48,000 from WREN for Kettering's first outdoor gym. Accepting the cheque on the council's behalf is Cllr Christopher Lamb (center).

Local residents and council officials are celebrating after Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, was awarded �48,000 from WREN for Kettering's first outdoor gym. Accepting the cheque on the council's behalf is Cllr Christopher Lamb (center).

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People living near a popular park will soon be able to get fit and stay in the fresh air.

Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, Kettering, has received a grant worth nearly £50,000 for an outdoor gym and a children’s play area.

Work is set to get under way this spring on the outdoor fitness zone following the grant from Wren, a not-for-profit business which awards grants to community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The grant had been applied for by a joint effort from the Friends of the Park and Kettering Council.

The gym will be made up of pieces of equipment similar to those found in a conventional indoor gym including cross trainers and bench presses.

Similar equipment was installed in the park in Thurston Drive, Kettering, last year.

Park Infants School headteacher Linda Griffiths said she was very pleased with the grant, which was awarded after a consultation with local adults and children.

She said: “We had excellent feedback in terms of what people think the park should have.

“We’re absolutely delighted this huge amound of money has been awarded.

“There are several aspects to it – the outdoor gym will benefit adults, but the new play equipment will be hugely beneficial to our children.”

Officials have supported the project, which they believe will provide long-term health benefits to users.

Kettering Council portfolio holder for the community Cllr Christopher Lamb paid tribute to the friends group for their work.

He said: “We are delighted to see local people taking such a lead in developing their park, this is real community partnership in action.”

Wren managing director Peter Cox said: “Wren is committed to funding projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families.

“The pleasure park project will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors, get fit and have some fun.”