News item release date: Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Hobsons Bay City Council is installing new fitness stations at Cherry Lake, Altona, as part of a pilot program to install outdoor exercise equipment at the municipality’s parks and reserves.
Deputy Mayor of Hobsons Bay and Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Tony Briffa said the new equipment will be available to use from August and is suitable for a range of fitness levels.
“The Cherry Lake Fitness Equipment Project has been developed in response to the community feedback we received during and prior to the 2017-18 Budget process,” said Cr Briffa.
“Our recently endorsed Open Space Strategy guides the use of our open spaces and, through our public consultation, we know our community want fitness equipment as part of these open spaces.”
The equipment is being installed at three locations along the Cherry Lake Trail and, weather permitting, the works are expected to be completed by the end of August.
In total, 20 pieces of equipment will be installed for the community to use as part of this project.
Cherry Lake Reserve has been chosen as the trial site as it best meets the site evaluation criteria established to evaluate possible locations.
“It is in a prominent location, has an established path network and has good access to public toilets, water fountains and car parking,” said Cr Briffa.
Cherry Lake Ward Councillor Sandra Wilson said there are already two reserves with fitness stations in Hobsons Bay, one at Brooklyn Reserve and another at Altona Meadows Community Park.
“The fitness stations at these reserves have proven very popular and are well used by the local community that they serve,” said Cr Wilson.
At Cherry Lake, the first of the three stations will be located near the playground, the second near the toilets at the Fresno Street carpark and at the third at the end of Sugargum Drive.
Cr Wilson said Council will be seeking community feedback on the stations for six months following the installation and the feedback received will inform the implementation of future fitness stations.
“Research shows that incidental exercise is hugely beneficial for health and wellbeing,” said Cr Wilson.
“Our Strategic Plan for the city, Hobsons Bay 2030, outlines Council’s commitment to healthy communities and this project will be just one of the ways we will meet the health and wellbeing guidelines as set out in the plan.
“The new fitness stations at Cherry Lake will be a great meeting place to start your workout or take a break from your run, walk or cycle.
“Whether you’re a keen fitness enthusiast or just starting out, exercising outdoors in the beautiful surrounds of the Cherry Lake can add value to everyone’s fitness routine.”
For more information please visit: www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/fitness
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