The 16-station gym is part of the Admiral de Saumarez Trust’s regeneration of the park.
The equipment, supplied by specialist firm Fresh Air Fitness, includes an air skier, arm and pedal bike, hip twisters, Tai Chi spinners, a strength tester and
The gym received 100% funding from Kings Health Club and its parent company, the Long Port Group.The health club held an open morning at the site yesterday at which fitness instructors were on hand to show people how to use the equipment and talk about health and fitness.
‘We’ve had around more than 50 people here today,’ said Kings manager Mark Pemberton.
‘We’ve had some of the College of FE sports students trying out the equipment as well as some Kings members and members of the public, who have all enjoyed it. ‘This is all really good equipment – it’s easy to set up and purpose-built for outdoors, so it is low maintenance.
‘Not everybody can join a gym for whatever reason and we wanted to put something back into the community so thought this would be a great idea.’ He
said people could do a good workout on the equipment. ‘I think once we get into the summer there will be a lot of people using it,’ he added. Long Port has also sponsored the development of a children’s playground, which is overlooked by the gym.
Mr Pemberton said it was ideal for adults who also had children who wanted to play on the equipment.
He added that Kings saw the area as an ongoing project and might send fitness instructors there during the summer. The equipment has been installed at more 500 locations in _the UK.
The Admiral de Saumarez trust is Guernsey’s first corporate and social responsibility trust. It aims to organise, coordinate and combine resources to
support community and _island-wide regeneration projects. Board of trustees chairman Alex Rodger said: ‘It is great to have the support of Kings and Long Port to deliver this new facility, which is another step towards meeting our objective to regenerate the park for the benefit of all age groups.’
Grandmother Kim Upson, 50, often takes her grandchildren to the park. She used the outdoor gym and was impressed.
‘It seems really good and quite sturdy,’ she said.
This article appeared in the Guernsey Press on Friday 12 th April 2013