Children from Abbotsbury Primary School have been trying out Merton’s newest green gym at Morden Recreation Ground.
Morden Rec is the latest Merton park to have an outdoor gym installed after Mostyn Gardens introduced a new gym earlier this year. The green gym at Morden Rec includes a cross trainer and a hand bike as well as leg press, chest press and shoulder press benches.
Other outdoor gyms in Merton’s greenspaces include Mostyn Gardens, King George’s Playing Fields, Figges Marsh, Donnelly Green, Pollards Hill Recreation Ground, Morden Park and Oakleigh Way Recreation Ground.
The new exercise area in Morden Rec has been installed thanks to funding from the council’s Public Health team. Other recent improvements to Merton’s parks include new play equipment in King George’s Playing Fields and All Saints Recreation Ground, the refurbishment of Pollards Hill’s play area and a new surfacing for the goal mouth at Edenvale Open Space.
Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “Merton is one of the greenest boroughs in London and I’m delighted that we are investing in our parks to make sure that they continue to be a great place for people to exercise in and visit. Green gyms are a great way to help people get fit for free in our parks. We are lucky to have so much green space in Merton and I would encourage everyone to get out to your local park and visit the new outdoor gyms and play areas.”
To find out more about Merton’s parks and recreation grounds, visit www.merton.gov.uk/parks.