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Get trim on the trail

Published Thursday, 08 August 2013

Enfield Council has agreed to install a new trim trail in Albany Park to help visitors stay in shape and live a healthier lifestyle.

The £15,000 project will see static exercise equipment installed at the park to encourage park users to do exercises such as chin ups, sit ups and step ups while the existing outdoor gym equipment at the venue will be relocated to deal with concerns that it is currently underused.

Park users will now be consulted on the plans before they are finalised.

 Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "This project gives park users the opportunity to get fit an stay active and support the Council's wider aims of promoting a healthy lifestyle.

 "We want to make sure as many people as possible use our parks and one way of doing that is by making sure we offer a wide range of diverse and interesting  activities for people of all ages to enjoy."

 Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Don McGowan, said: "This scheme will help the Council in its objective of promoting  healthy and active lifestyles, something that is particularly important now that the Council has the responsibility of Public Health and Health & Well Being Boards.

 "Providing residents with the chance to take regular free exercise in a pleasant setting will play an important role on improving people's fitness, make them healthier and ensure the Council is encouraging healthy lifestyles in Enfield."

Chair of the Friends of Albany Park, Gina Needs said: "The Friends of Albany Park welcome Enfield Council's investment with the new trim trail equipment which will encourage people of all ages to visit the area and try it out.  It's fun and free, and we believe it will encourage more people to come to Albany Park and see for themselves what their local green space has to offer."

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