Gym’ll fix it for people

An open air gym
An open air gym

People in the north of Glenrothes are being given the chance to get fit for free after the completion of a £40,000 state-of-the-art ‘open air gym’, reports MIKE DELANEY.

A dozen piece of outdoor equipment have now been installed next to the family play area at Gilvenbank Park.

The pieces all bear individual instructions on how to use them, with advice for two, five and eight minutes sessions for beginners, medium and advanced users.

Ron Page, the area’s Community Council chairman, said the aim was to allow people of all ages and all abilities to get something out of the equipment.

Demonstrating just that, one of the first people onto the equipment was Jim Lewis, a former councillor for the area who is now 88 years-old

Mr Page said: “The community council is justifiably proud of this open air gym, since it is for people over 12 and especially for adults of all ages and all abilities.

“You can even bring your toddlers to the park, let them safely enjoy themselves in the toddlers’ section of the family play area and keep fit yourself.

“You can get exercises to benefit your arms and shoulders, there is a back massaging device, there are bikes and more.

“And everything is free and and the gym is always open.

“Although we have not had the ‘official opening’ as yet, I have seen that youngsters have already been there making good use of the facilties on offer.

“I hope it will be a catalyst for other community councils.”

The community council has been working on the project for several years, as part of attempts to open up the huge park to the community.

Funding came from a variety of sources, including Fife Environment Trust, the Roberts and Russell trusts, local Church of Scotland parish Christ’s Kirk and the community council’s own funds.”