Work is underway to create a new open-air fitness area in Carlisle’s Bitts Park.
The works are part of a series of planned improvements for the city centre recreational site.
The £61,000 fitness and landscaping project will include installing outdoor exercise equipment on the former bowling green. The equipment will be suitable for a range of abilities and ages. There will be on site instructions and the ability to see instructional videos using QR codes.
The design for the Carlisle City Council project has taken into account flood resilience and ease of maintenance.
Kompan Scotland Ltd will install the fitness equipment on the council’s behalf. Work installing the equipment will start in mid-February with the gym excepted to be completed by March/early April 2018.
Work has already started on the landscaping surrounding the scheme. The project is being funded by Carlisle City Council (£35,000), flood insurance money (£11,000) and a £15,000 grant from the Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust.
Cllr Lee Sherriff, Portfolio holder for Communities, Health and Wellbeing said:
“Following the floods in 2015, we looked at how we could improve the facilities within Bitts Park. We took the opportunity to make the park’s recreational facilities more resilient and have looked at how they could improve the wellbeing of those using the site. A new and improved play area is already in place with other developments planned for the tennis courts and Bitts Park lodge.
“A new open-air fitness area is in the process of being installed on the former bowling green. Once in place it will provide a free and easily accessible site to exercise and improve your health. It will be a great use for the site and will be suitable for a range of abilities and ages.”
In addition to the open-air fitness area and a £350,000 investment in the Bitts Park play area, which opened in October 2016, there are also plans to develop the former lodge into a café. A redevelopment of the tennis courts, including the installation of a new tennis canopy is also proposed.