£20,000 boost for healthy living in the heart of Kingston

Kingston Council has secured a £20,000 grant towards new outdoor gym equipment at Canbury Gardens from London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT).

The council applied for the funding in partnership with The Canbury Gardens Working Group as part of a wider project to create a community fitness zone in the park. 

The proposed outdoor fitness area will include a wide range of gym equipment and exercise frames, suitable for people of all ages and abilities, including those with restricted mobility.

LMCT has granted the funding as part of its Facilities Grants Programme, helping community projects across London and Surrey aimed at getting more people active.

Councillor Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport, said:

“We would like to thank the London Marathon Charitable Trust for their generosity and everyone involved for their hard work in securing this grant.

“This contribution is a major boost in helping us to reach our overall target to fund the creation of a new outdoor gym. We want to keep our communities healthy and what better way than providing them with the facilities to train for free in the great outdoors!

“We know our parks have a special place in the lives of our residents and are proud that Kingston was recently recognised as being the most improved London borough for its parks.

“We are now half way through our ambitious £1.3 million Community Parks programme investing in playgrounds across the borough and have exciting plans in place to plant almost 700 trees this winter.”

Work is scheduled to begin in summer 2020.