Parklife keeps you fit

Boston. Saturday 24 MArch 2012.'new gym equipment installed in Central Park, Boston.'L-R) Boston residents Michael Stokes and Morgan Stokes (8) using one of the pieces.
Boston. Saturday 24 MArch 2012.'new gym equipment installed in Central Park, Boston.'L-R) Boston residents Michael Stokes and Morgan Stokes (8) using one of the pieces.

KEEPING fit? It’s just a stroll in the park!

At least that’s the plan as Bostonians have been treated to outdoor gyms... and the bonus is that there is no membership fee.

Damning figures show the town has an adult obesity rate higher than the national and county average, while one in five year six pupils are classed as obese.

In a bid to battle the bulge, and take the weight off our minds, almost £70,000 of funding has been made available by NHS Lincolnshire.

Gym equipment such as a cross-trainer, a rower, sit-up benches, balance beams, monkey bars and hurdles have been placed in Central Park and Woodville Park.

“We recognize that not everyone can afford the time or the money to go to a gym, so we thought why not provide the equipment in our public spaces instead?” said Ian Farmer, Boston Borough Council’s partnerships and sustainability manager.

The Central Park equipment was put in place by the council as a trial.

After studies showed the gym kit was proving popular with users of all ages, the NHS agreed to write a cheque for £65,000.

The money will also go towards land acquisition at Boston Woods, enabling an extension of the joint path/cycleway.

In addition, the council has been successful in securing £4,000 to create an accessible indoor multi-use area at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, for the disabled and those with mobility difficulties.