Work begins on the Falkirk area's first outdoor gym

Constuction work on a £28,000 outdoor gym in a public park – the first facility of its kind in the Falkirk area – is now underway.

By James Trimble
Friday, 4th February 2022, 11:01 am
Updated Friday, 4th February 2022, 11:02 am

Friends of Inchyra Park secured £23,000 from Falkirk Council’s Community Choices initiative last year to help it create the facility in the Grangemouth public park.

The council’s Community Choices capital projects vote took place earlier last summer, with people asked to select their favourite ideas and initiatives around the Falkirk Council area.

Projects with the most votes – like Inchyra Park’s outdoor gym – were then awarded funding requested.

Work has now begun on the outdoor gym at Inchyra Park in Grangemouth

Now work has commenced on the gym.

A Friends of Inchyra Park spokesman said: “Installation of the district's first outdoor gym has started in Inchyra Park. We are now just a few weeks away from completion of an 18-month project and are so excited.

"This is what our community voted for in community choices and we are so happy to see it being delivered.”

The next phase of development for the park will feature the introduction of a permanent CCTV system to protect the new gym and other park features and hopefully stamp out anti-social behaviour.

Work has now begun on Inchyra Park's new £28,000 outdoor gym

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To make this a reality, Friends of Inchyra Park has once again applied for funding from Falkirk Council’s Community Choices initiative and is this time looking to secure £36,075.

A spokesman said: “We hope to make several improvements which include a permanent CCTV system to reduce anti-social behaviour and create a secure environment where ongoing improvements are sustainable.

"We would also like to regenerate the outside of our pavilion. We will install a unique heritage steelwork design which will mark not only the parks heritage but a fitting design to mark the Young Portonians’ 40 years in our town.

"We will also improve access and safety with disabled parking bays, a wheelchair access ramp and defibrillator. Finally, we would like to expand the play area in the park and install a Trim Trail to support a wider age range of children and offer a better play/exercise experience kids can enjoy, allowing their parents more time to enjoy the other facilities planned for the park.”

People can visit Falkirk Council Community Choices initiative to cast a vote to help Friends of Inchyra Park secure funding for the next phase of the park’s development.

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