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Residents Vote on Design For New Outdoor Gym in Coley

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Reading Council is inviting residents to vote on their preferred design for a new outdoor gym at Coley Recreation Ground.

Outdoor Gym in Coley

Coley Recreation Ground in west Reading has been earmarked for a £65K investment.

The new gym will be designed to offer free fitness for all and will offer a mix of robust equipment to suit people of varying ages and abilities. It will offer both single and multi-use units as well as equipment for seated and standing users.

Type Of Gym

The Council has invited a number of specialist outdoor gym equipment manufacturers to submit proposed design ideas for the new outdoor gym which will be used to consult with local residents and school children.

Outdoor Gym in Coley

St Mary & All Saints Primary School in Coley Park will be displaying the shortlisted designs. Children at the school will use ballot boxes and voting slips to choose their preferred option between 4th and 18th June.

The designs, will be available for the public to view and vote on at St Mary and All Saints Primary School and at Coley Park Community Centre from Tuesday 4th June to Tuesday 18th June.

The designs, alongside a description of what they offer, can also be viewed and voted for online, with any comments, until Tuesday 18th June at www.reading.gov.uk/coleygym

Outdoor Gym in Coley

The winning design will be announced on Monday 24th June. It is anticipated that the work will start on site in September 2019 and ready for use by the half term week in October.

Outdoor Gym in Coley

Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: “We know that parks are one of the most valued amenities in Reading.

“It is one of our key priorities that we provide high quality, accessible equipment in as many of our parks as possible.  This is an exciting and worthwhile investment and will benefit large numbers local people for years to come – offering and encouraging free fitness opportunities for all.

“I’m delighted that we are able to put such a significant sum into Coley Recreation Ground and I’m really pleased we’ve been able to engage local school children in voting for their favourite design. I’d encourage local residents to check out our shortlisted designs at St Mary and All Saints Primary School and at Coley Park Community Centre or online at www.reading.gov.uk/coleygym where you can vote and comment on the designs.”

Funding for playground improvements across the borough have been secured by the Council from developers who made a contribution to the Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund.  Reading communities were consulted last summer on how money collected from local planning developments should be spent. The top ranked schemes, including Coley Recreation Ground in west Reading, were approved at the Council’s Policy Meeting on 26th November 2018

Outdoor Gym in Coley

Policy Committee agreed that £65,000K be invested to improve Coley Recreation Ground.

Other Playground investment agreed includes:

·        £100K – Canal Way (replacing Avon Place play area)

·        £100K – Ivydene play area, located next to Portman Road

·        £95K – Cintra Park, south Reading

·        £155K – Long Barn Lane Recreation Ground

In addition to the investment for leisure and play from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – the contribution developers, that has benefited Coley Recreation Ground, the work complements the Council’s wider 2.7M boost for Reading’s parks and playgrounds which is part of the Council’s capital investment programme over the next 3 years.

Just over £1.6 million will contribute to the expansion, replacement or upgrading of playground equipment in parks and play areas across the borough. With a focus on areas in most need of new equipment and a big drive on providing accessible equipment for children of all abilities, particularly in areas where there is little provision for children with disabilities.

Prospect & Palmer Park

Reading’s two main parks, Prospect Park and Palmer Park, are priorities for improvements to play equipment, including the provision or replacement of obsolete equipment for children with disabilities.  Park users and local residents will be consulted on the type of equipment they want to see.