Clayhall Park adult playground opens

PUBLISHED: 14:02 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:34 03 October 2018

Leader of the council, Jas Athwal trying out the equippment. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Leader of the council, Jas Athwal trying out the equippment. Picture: Ellie Hoskins


Clayhall Park’s adult playground was officially opened with a set of very impressive chin-ups.

Councillor Kam Rai and Councillor Jas Athwal at the new installation. Picture: Ellie HoskinsCouncillor Kam Rai and Councillor Jas Athwal at the new installation. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Kevin Wackett, head of parks and open spaces at Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure took to the bars at Longwood Gardens on Tuesday, October 2.

The facility, which houses more than 100 different activities, was built using £42,000 set aside to improve green spaces in Redbridge.

Residents can use the apparatus to keep fit on a whim or they can refer to an app which gives tailored exercise ideas.

Once downloaded the program is compatible with thousands of outdoor sites across Europe, meaning whatever happens with Brexit, if you still decide to holiday on the continent you can take your workout with you.

“We are committed to providing more opportunities for people to lead active lifestyles,” said Kevin.

“Anyone can use it and the more people we get using our green spaces the better.”

Council Leader, Councillor Jas Athwal, showed his strength holding his own body weight on a frame.

He also later visited Elmhurst Gardens in South Woodford to unveil a newly revamped playground for children.

“We want the very best for our families and are committed to providing top class leisure facilities across the borough,” he said.

“As part of this, we’ve pledged £1.6m for new play equipment and I’m delighted to be opening these fantastic facilities for residents to enjoy as part of that major investment.

“We want to ensure there are sufficient activities at our parks and green spaces to encourage people, of all ages, to take part in physical exercise outdoors.

“I’m looking forward to many more of our parks benefitting from our long-term refurbishment programme.”

Deputy Leader Councillor Kam Rai took a break from pulling himself up on the bars to speak to the Recorder.

He said: “I’m really passionate about health and fitness and very proud to have been able to organise the first apparatus of this kind in Redbridge.

“It’s a perfect opportunity for people of all ages to workout together at their own pace and it means more people in our parks making them safer places to visit and getting the community together.

“I really hope residents will make good use of it.”

The council confirmed that it hopes to roll out more play equipment for adults and children this year including new play equipment for older children at Ray Park, refurbished and restored equipment at Barley Lane Recreation Ground, and additional facilities at Goodmayes Park and Hainault Recreation Ground.

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