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Kingston Council steps up Community Parks programme

Kingston Council has finished work on two more outdoor gym equipment areas as we continue to provide spaces for residents to get active in a safe and healthy way.

New gym equipment was installed in Canbury Gardens and Fairfield Recreation Ground this week and is available to use free of charge for all visitors to the parks.

The equipment in Canbury Gardens provides a wide range of equipment to suit all abilities and in Fairfield we have added an exercise rig to the existing apparatus to provide a more challenging workout.

This is in addition to three more playgrounds transformations which were unveiled in August. With the help of our residents who provided feedback on our initial plans, the playgrounds now include more inclusive equipment, trampolines and a wider range of climbing equipment. 

As part of the ongoing revamping of our parks facilities, the footpath by the Hogsmill River at Elmbridge Meadows has also recently been resurfaced to ensure this space remains safe and accessible to everyone.

We want you and your family to enjoy the new outdoor areas safely, so please continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines in place and practice social distancing at all times. 

We are wholly committed to protecting and enhancing our green spaces and through our Community Parks scheme we are investing £1.3 million transforming and revitalising playgrounds across the borough. In 2019, Kingston was named most improved London borough for its parks by Parks for London. 

Councillor Hilary Gander, Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport said:

“I am delighted that our Community Parks Programme is playing a small role in helping people get back out and enjoying our borough’s parks and green spaces in the safest way possible.

“We must all comply with the health and safety measures to protect each other, but with lockdown measures easing, Kingstonians and visitors are now looking to get out and get active.

“Our job is to give you safe and enjoyable spaces in which to do that. The last few months have been challenging for everyone and we want to ensure we cater for people who want to do outdoor exercise as much as possible.

“With the lockdown measures gradually easing, Kingston residents are starting to enjoy the facilities of our wonderful borough once more, and we want to make sure you can do so in a safe and secure way.”

For more information on our park improvement works please visit: kingston.gov.uk/communityparksprogramme.