Belfast Telegraph

Outdoor gym brings free fitness boost for Alexandra Park users

By Rebecca Petticrew

Gym membership can be very expensive but north Belfast residents will soon have no excuse for being unfit as work begins to install new outdoor fitness equipment in Alexandra Park.

Six new workout stations are being fitted throughout the park to give anyone on a health kick the chance to supplement their fitness regime for free.

Funded by specialist distribution company Bunzl and the Alpha Programme – managed by Groundwork NI – the equipment has proved successful in parks across the UK.

The outdoor gym will complement the extensive regeneration work carried out on the park in recent years.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Mairtin O'Muilleoir paid a special visit to the park on Friday to see the work commencing.

On behalf of the Alpha Programme Steering Group, Groundwork NI's Mel Waddell said; "It's great to see the new equipment being installed in Alexandra Park and it was a pleasure to have the Lord Mayor here to see how work is progressing.

"I've no doubt these pieces of equipment will become as popular in Alexandra Park as they have in other parks across Belfast and we'd like to thank Bunzl Ireland for their positive approach to local communities."

Bunzl Ireland, managing director Alastair McLaughlin said the initiative was funded as part of the company's "corporate responsibility" programme/

"We really wanted to make an impact on a local community. Our staff hope all the patrons of the park from the local area enjoy the new equipment and help build healthy lifestyles through positive activities at Alexandra Park," he explained.

Bunzl invested £20,000 to help buy and install the new equipment, with a further £10,000 leveraged in through the Alpha Programme, which recycles tax credits from the Mullaghlass landfill site on the outskirts of Belfast to benefit projects aimed at increasing community cohesion or promoting positive environmental activities.

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