‘Green gym’ idea for parks in Cupar

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CUPARIANS struggling to keep fit could soon have a cheap and convenient way to stay in shape.

Plans are afoot to install open-air ‘green gym’ facilities in the town’s Haugh and Duffus parks.

The two sites would be linked by a ‘green walk’ through the centre of town.

The idea was first mooted at a Cupar Community Council meeting by member Charlie Anderson.

He said there had since been some very positive meetings with Fife Council, adding: “Some local sites have now been identified, including Haugh Park and Duffus Park, with a ‘green link’ along Moat Hill.

“Typical items of equipment in the parks could be a free runner, cross trainer, body flexer and upper body trainer.”

Viv Collie, co-ordinator of Cupar Futures Group, has been working with the community council and Fife Council to develop the idea, and she said there had been a lot of enthusiasm from everyone involved.

The target group is in the 16-75 age range, and research carried out for the council found that equipment at the other two sites in Fife — Leven beach and Lochore Meadows — had been well used by local residents and visitors.

Viv said: “Users like the equipment because it is ‘free, outside and fun’, with some people using it more than six times a month.

“The project is likely to cost around £20,000 and we are looking at a number of potential funding sources, including the Fife Environment Trust, Fife Council’s local area budget and Leader in Fife.”

It is hoped that, subject to approval, the project can be completed by August 2012.