Outdoor gym is ‘fit’ for the 21st century

Opening of new playpark at the Briardale Centre at Blyth with Station Manager Paul Langdown-Area Team South and West.'REF 2910148221
Opening of new playpark at the Briardale Centre at Blyth with Station Manager Paul Langdown-Area Team South and West.'REF 2910148221
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A Blyth community centre is fit for the future after a new family fitness area was officially unveiled.

The outdoor gym and activity area at Briardale Community Centre, on the Cowpen Estate, is a joint initiative between the centre, Blyth Town Council and Active Northumberland.

The area includes a range of fitness equipment aimed at all ages, including a playspace for youngsters, a multi-use games area and an outdoor gym featuring a range of equipment.

The fitness area was opened with local children, volunteers, staff from the centre, councillors and members of the police and fire service.

Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “This is a great example of organisations working together for the benefit of the community.

“It’s a fantastic facility which can be used by all ages and all sections of the community.

“It’s the first stage in a long term play partnership between Blyth Town and Northumberland County Councillors that will see play areas redeveloped across Cowpen and Kitty Brewster.

“Our next joint project will be an all-age scheme at Axwell Drive Park which will be completed by Easter 2015.”

Jean Bell, Briardale Community Centre manager, said she was delighted with the new playpark, and was pleased it was already attracting interest from groups.

“The new outdoor gym is a fantastic new addition to Cowpen Park,” she said.

“We have already had interest from community groups wanting to use the gym for exercise classes!.

“The play area is also a welcome addition, giving the youngsters of the estate somewhere to play safely, the entire park is covered by CCTV and the new toys have already proven to be a big success.

“We hope this part of the estate can become a popular family area where parents and children can enjoy a great time together all year round.”