New equipment proves to be a hit

Chairman of Forfar Community Council Isobel Ross eggs on Freda Napier, Planning Contact with Comminity Council as she tries out the new Outdoor Exercise Equipment at the Lochside Leisure Centre.

Chairman of Forfar Community Council Isobel Ross eggs on Freda Napier, Planning Contact with Comminity Council as she tries out the new Outdoor Exercise Equipment at the Lochside Leisure Centre.

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COMMUNITY councillors Isobel Ross and Freda Napier needed little persuasion to try out the new play equipment at the Lochside Leisure Centre.

The equipment has been installed thanks to a grant from the Forfar Common Good Fund and is designed for those aged 15 and over.

A few years ago Freda and Isobel suggested Forfar would be the ideal place for an outdoor “play-park” for adults after reading of a similar park which opened in England.

At the time they felt it would be ideal for parents and grand-parents – and last Wednesday they popped along to the Lochside Leisure Centre to try out the new equipment.

Isobel said: “It is ideal for those aged 15 and over. It’s gentle exercise and allows older children as well as parents and grand-parents to join in the fun.

“It is ideal for older children which would free up more space in the kiddies playpark.”

“Sometimes when we go down the older ones are in the playpark, so now hopefully they will use this new equipment.

“I think it will be beneficial and complimentary to the area. It is a lovely setting.

“We mentioned this at community council some time ago and went onto a website. A similar park had opened in Manchester and now there is equipment like this in Hyde Park in London. It’s taken off all over the country.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council explained the play equipment is outdoor fitness equipment available for use by all ages.  It cost around £8,000 of which £5,500 was met from Forfar Common Good Fund.