Fun and Fitness in Lyngford Park 29 November 2017

It has been installed in Lyngford Park – and the completed “trim trail” is thought to be the first of its kind in the South West.

The park already boasts and outdoor gym – but the new equipment will be aimed at people of all ages who will be able to let off steam and use their energy on negotiating a series of physical challenges.

The cost comes to just over £33,000 and is being met from S106 funding – contributions towards community facilities from developers.

The council has commissioned Kompan, a leading supplier of innovative sports equipment designed to be inventive, long-lasting and fitness-focused.

The open space has seen hurdles installed as well as over and under bars, a vertical wall net, double overhead ladder, stepping “pods” – circular jumping pads designed to create an obstacle course with varying degrees of difficulty.

Also included in the price is the site preparation and groundworks, surfacing and signage.

The equipment is designed for the over-13s to encourage teenagers and adults to get fit in a fun way, make new friends and meet challenges.

The project is being undertaken by the council’s community leisure and open spaces team in partnership with the North Taunton Development Group, part of the North Taunton One Team.

“We are always looking for new and innovative pieces of sports and play equipment to improve the free leisure facilities available within our parks and open spaces,” said Councillor Catherine Herbert, Executive councillor for sport, parks and leisure.  “We believe in providing a wider variety - and more exciting – range of exercise and play for both our residents and visitors to the Borough.”

Also new to the park is a picnic bench which was requested from one of the community consultations undertaken during Pride in Priorswood and funded from the North Taunton Community Development budget.