Bolton's first free outdoor gym opens in Queens Park

Cllr John Byrne gets to grips with the new gym equipment in Queens Park, Bolton

Cllr John Byrne gets to grips with the new gym equipment in Queens Park, Bolton

Cllr John Byrne gets to grips with the new gym equipment in Queens Park, Bolton

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CALLING all couch potatoes — Bolton’s first free outdoor gym has opened in Queens Park.

The council has spent £12,000 installing new equipment at the park off Chorley New Road, including two slaloms, a fitness walker and a leg push for people to get fit in time for summer.

The outdoor gym has been paid for out of a £2 million investment pot into sports and recreational facilities across Bolton.

Since opening last week, the gym has already attracted the interest of walkers, runners and families visiting the park, which is also set to be transformed into a beach on Sunday, May 25.

Cllr John Byrne, the cabinet member in charge of neighbourhood and community services, said the new gym was “very exciting” for Bolton fitness enthusiasts.

He added: “Queens Park is already popular with walkers, runners and cyclists and we hope that this new outdoor gym will provide an added attraction for them to visit the park.

“It allows them to use traditional gym equipment in an attractive location and we’re sure it will be a popular addition to our park facilities.

“The other investment we will be making in draining other pitches, refurbishing tennis courts and creating cycle trails should mean that there is a sport or activity for everyone across the borough.”

As part of the investment programme, Bolton Council is also spending £474,000 improving Hulton Lane Playing Fields with four new football pitches, changing rooms and toilets planned.

More than £600,000 will be spent draining other playing fields, as well as £300,000 refurbishing tennis courts including the set at Moss Bank Park.

Another £200,000 has been earmarked for new and refurbishing multi-use games areas, and around £150,000 is set to be spent improving cycle trails.

The £2m set aside for improvements is directly for sports facilities, and cannot be used for the day-today running of the council.

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10:06am Wed 14 May 14

thomas222 says...

Any chance of Moss Bank park getting some of those.
Any chance of Moss Bank park getting some of those. thomas222
  • Score: 24

10:16am Wed 14 May 14

Jim271 says...

thomas222 wrote:
Any chance of Moss Bank park getting some of those.
They are running down Moss Bank Park so they can sell it to a building company for big profits.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Any chance of Moss Bank park getting some of those.[/p][/quote]They are running down Moss Bank Park so they can sell it to a building company for big profits. Jim271
  • Score: 1

10:57am Wed 14 May 14

liznotthequeen says...

Jim271 wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Any chance of Moss Bank park getting some of those.
They are running down Moss Bank Park so they can sell it to a building company for big profits.
Might have already started ... Friend just walked thru mossbank park the new cafe being built collapsed yesterday .... Can't find any report in the newspaper ... Why ?
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Any chance of Moss Bank park getting some of those.[/p][/quote]They are running down Moss Bank Park so they can sell it to a building company for big profits.[/p][/quote]Might have already started ... Friend just walked thru mossbank park the new cafe being built collapsed yesterday .... Can't find any report in the newspaper ... Why ? liznotthequeen
  • Score: 7

11:07am Wed 14 May 14

LordLeverhulme says...

Gypsy Leverhulme is about to predict the future....
.
the mists are clearing.....
.
within 1 calendar month, you will see the following headline in the Bolton News.....
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"VANDALS WRECK £12,000 OUTDOOR GYM"
Gypsy Leverhulme is about to predict the future.... . the mists are clearing..... . within 1 calendar month, you will see the following headline in the Bolton News..... . "VANDALS WRECK £12,000 OUTDOOR GYM" LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 24

11:14am Wed 14 May 14

I, Ludicrous says...

Good idea. Are there any facilities there such as changing and showers though, or do you have to go home minging?
Good idea. Are there any facilities there such as changing and showers though, or do you have to go home minging? I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 2

11:34am Wed 14 May 14

tinypet says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
Good idea. Are there any facilities there such as changing and showers though, or do you have to go home minging?
The duck ponds not far lol haha
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Good idea. Are there any facilities there such as changing and showers though, or do you have to go home minging?[/p][/quote]The duck ponds not far lol haha tinypet
  • Score: 24

11:44am Wed 14 May 14

Love Bolton says...

Brilliant! Have seen them in loads of parks in the UK and continental Europe. Great to have - well done! Free access to fitness for all.
Brilliant! Have seen them in loads of parks in the UK and continental Europe. Great to have - well done! Free access to fitness for all. Love Bolton
  • Score: 24

11:58am Wed 14 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Mr. Ranger I think there has been a Boo-Boo... Mr Ranger? Mr. Ranger?
Mr. Ranger I think there has been a Boo-Boo... Mr Ranger? Mr. Ranger? Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 5

12:09pm Wed 14 May 14

MarkAllRead says...

LordLeverhulme wrote:
Gypsy Leverhulme is about to predict the future....
.
the mists are clearing.....
.
within 1 calendar month, you will see the following headline in the Bolton News.....
.
"VANDALS WRECK £12,000 OUTDOOR GYM"
Sadly, I think you're right.
[quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: Gypsy Leverhulme is about to predict the future.... . the mists are clearing..... . within 1 calendar month, you will see the following headline in the Bolton News..... . "VANDALS WRECK £12,000 OUTDOOR GYM"[/p][/quote]Sadly, I think you're right. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 5

12:47pm Wed 14 May 14

Hannah4 says...

LordLeverhulme wrote:
Gypsy Leverhulme is about to predict the future....
.
the mists are clearing.....
.
within 1 calendar month, you will see the following headline in the Bolton News.....
.
"VANDALS WRECK £12,000 OUTDOOR GYM"
Brilliant idea in theory but unfortunately I think you are right. Common you vandals prove us wrong!
[quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: Gypsy Leverhulme is about to predict the future.... . the mists are clearing..... . within 1 calendar month, you will see the following headline in the Bolton News..... . "VANDALS WRECK £12,000 OUTDOOR GYM"[/p][/quote]Brilliant idea in theory but unfortunately I think you are right. Common you vandals prove us wrong! Hannah4
  • Score: 5

12:58pm Wed 14 May 14

twowok says...

Great idea, I first saw these in Liverpool and have seen them in several places since. They are a great fun way of getting exercise, and are really sturdy and well built.
Great idea, I first saw these in Liverpool and have seen them in several places since. They are a great fun way of getting exercise, and are really sturdy and well built. twowok
  • Score: 13

1:04pm Wed 14 May 14

Neilbwfc says...

Hannah4 wrote:
LordLeverhulme wrote:
Gypsy Leverhulme is about to predict the future....
.
the mists are clearing.....
.
within 1 calendar month, you will see the following headline in the Bolton News.....
.
"VANDALS WRECK £12,000 OUTDOOR GYM"
Brilliant idea in theory but unfortunately I think you are right. Common you vandals prove us wrong!
Come on, yew thukk hedd
[quote][p][bold]Hannah4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: Gypsy Leverhulme is about to predict the future.... . the mists are clearing..... . within 1 calendar month, you will see the following headline in the Bolton News..... . "VANDALS WRECK £12,000 OUTDOOR GYM"[/p][/quote]Brilliant idea in theory but unfortunately I think you are right. Common you vandals prove us wrong![/p][/quote]Come on, yew thukk hedd Neilbwfc
  • Score: -3

2:36pm Wed 14 May 14

piszoff says...

What no BWFC top John shame on you.
What no BWFC top John shame on you. piszoff
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Wed 14 May 14

I, Ludicrous says...

tinypet wrote:
I, Ludicrous wrote:
Good idea. Are there any facilities there such as changing and showers though, or do you have to go home minging?
The duck ponds not far lol haha
Minging it is then :-D
[quote][p][bold]tinypet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: Good idea. Are there any facilities there such as changing and showers though, or do you have to go home minging?[/p][/quote]The duck ponds not far lol haha[/p][/quote]Minging it is then :-D I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Wed 14 May 14

JustBecause says...

Good idea, but 3 grand each, someone's having a laugh AGAIN !!!
Good idea, but 3 grand each, someone's having a laugh AGAIN !!! JustBecause
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Wed 14 May 14

underwater says...

thomas222 wrote:
Any chance of Moss Bank park getting some of those.
Little chance of Moss Bank Park getting any money spent on it, there cannot be any left after what has been spent in Queens park . No expense has been spared in this part of Bolton. A walk through the park is very enlightening if you want to see what I am talking about. It would be interesting to know why such a lot of the mature trees have had the chop, and the site been disguised so people would never know they had been there. This council stinks and its about time the people of Bolton woke up and got rid of Morris and his merry men once and for all.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Any chance of Moss Bank park getting some of those.[/p][/quote]Little chance of Moss Bank Park getting any money spent on it, there cannot be any left after what has been spent in Queens park . No expense has been spared in this part of Bolton. A walk through the park is very enlightening if you want to see what I am talking about. It would be interesting to know why such a lot of the mature trees have had the chop, and the site been disguised so people would never know they had been there. This council stinks and its about time the people of Bolton woke up and got rid of Morris and his merry men once and for all. underwater
  • Score: 7

12:20am Thu 15 May 14

boltonnut says...

The biggest couch spud in Bolton is fat Morris,any chance of seeing him down there exercising? Although the idea is good the equipment will probably end up in the scrap yard ,courtesy of our "traveling friends".
The biggest couch spud in Bolton is fat Morris,any chance of seeing him down there exercising? Although the idea is good the equipment will probably end up in the scrap yard ,courtesy of our "traveling friends". boltonnut
  • Score: 2

5:08am Thu 15 May 14

shireen says...

twowok wrote:
Great idea, I first saw these in Liverpool and have seen them in several places since. They are a great fun way of getting exercise, and are really sturdy and well built.
On the embankment of crosby beach liverpool.
[quote][p][bold]twowok[/bold] wrote: Great idea, I first saw these in Liverpool and have seen them in several places since. They are a great fun way of getting exercise, and are really sturdy and well built.[/p][/quote]On the embankment of crosby beach liverpool. shireen
  • Score: 1

10:13am Thu 15 May 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

12 grand?????? Really??????!!!!!!!!
!!!!!
12 grand?????? Really??????!!!!!!!! !!!!! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 0

4:31pm Thu 15 May 14

w1ggan says...

I saw them in Southsea in the park with the boating lake, if they are as well built as those they will last years. Only problem would be vandals but with CCTV with speakers they should be ok
I saw them in Southsea in the park with the boating lake, if they are as well built as those they will last years. Only problem would be vandals but with CCTV with speakers they should be ok w1ggan
  • Score: 0

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