Outside gym in North Sheen Recreation Ground – thanks to the local community

Release Date: 01 June 2017

New outdoor fitness equipment has been installed at North Sheen Recreation Ground, thanks to the local friends group and Richmond Council.

The Friends of North Sheen Recreation Ground, with the support of Richmond Council, secured funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust to install a number of pieces of fitness kit including a skier, leg press, chest press, combi-benches, body twist, chin-up bars, and static cycle machine and cross rider.


A new grass matting safety surface has been put in place, with a new fence and access gates to be installed shortly. This is being funded by Richmond Council.


Richmond Council ran a consultation on the idea in October 2016 and there was a very positive response from the local community. The facility will be free for all to use and the Friends Group hope it will be enjoyed all year round. A number of free introductory sessions are being arranged (details will be available in the Pavilion café).


Ishbel Murray, Assistant Director of Contracts and Leisure, said:


“We know that residents value our parks as one of the most important aspects of living in this borough and we are always looking for new ways to improve facilities and increase access for all, especially those suggestions made by local community groups.


“I would like to thank the Friends of North Sheen Recreation Ground for securing this funding and I am sure that many residents in the area will enjoy using the equipment for years to come.”


Sue Burden, Chair of the Friends of North Sheen Recreation Ground, added:


“I would like to thank our Friends Treasurer, Anna Gilbert, as well as the London Marathon Trust and the Richmond Council Parks team for all their help in obtaining this exciting new outdoor gym. We believe it will add an important new dimension to the Rec in terms of exercise for adults, alongside the other facilities, including the children’s playgrounds (renewed in 2016), paddling pool, football pitches, outdoor table tennis, the Pavilion café, new flowerbeds and tree re-planting.”

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Reference: P242/17

Updated: 30 June 2017