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New outdoor gym and extended trim trail in Mayow Park

Official Opening on Wednesday 25 March


It was fantastic to officially open the Mayow Park Outdoor Gym and Trim Trail with my co-cllr Rachel Onikosi. This is a good investment of public money to provide easy to use equipment that is free and provides a great addition to this recognised Green Flag park.

The outdoor gym has 15 easy to use gym stations all with pictures demonstrating use plus a QR code for the mobile phone. The stations show age suitability, how to use with a wheelchair and which part of the muscle group is being exercised. There is a soft protective surface surrounding the area. Located next to the children’s play area it will encourage parents to use the equipment whilst keeping an eye on the youngsters. This is in addition to the outdoor gym already in place in Home Park next to Sydenham library.

The trim trail has six additional Action Stations along the side of the park providing further obstacles for the children to enjoy including the challenging monkey bars.

Mayow Park is the borough’s oldest municipal park – formally opened to the public on 1 June 1878 when is was called the Sydenham and Forest Hill Public Recreation Ground. It is still fulfilling the purpose of a recreation space over 130 years later with cricket, tennis, football as well as a bowling area. It follows on from the survey of park users and working with the Friends of Mayow Park we were able to provide match funding to ensure the equipment met the needs of residents.

This is all part of the borough’s Health and Wellbeing Programme to encourage our citizens to look after themselves and stay fit and active.

Alongside Grow Mayow and Green & Black's cafe the park is now very popular on weekdays as well as weekends.