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Fitness Trail Opens At Coventry’s War Memorial Park

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Christmas isn’t quite here yet, but if one too many mince pies has already left you wondering how you’re going to shift those excess pounds, Coventry’s War Memorial Park may have just have the answer. Following a successful bid for funding from the WREN FCC Community Action Fund, the Friends of War Memorial Park, with the support of Park Manager Ann Akerman, have recently installed a nine-station fitness trail.

Rene Whitlock and Anne Tyzack, from the Friends, said that the new equipment, designed for fitness enthusiasts aged sixteen plus and measuring at least 1.4 metres tall, is an attempt to redress a perceived imbalance between the park’s plentiful facilities for children and those for young people and adults. And Anne added that it’s also something individuals can enjoy on their own, without having to find a partner or join a team.

The nine different activities, which are easily accessible from the Park and Ride car park, have been specially selected to offer users a top-to-toe work-out when used as an ensemble, but can be used singly and don’t have to be completed in any particular order. Each one is accompanied by full instructions for safe use.

Great care has been taken to ensure that the equipment blends in with its surroundings, doesn’t interfere with tree roots and won’t compromise routes used during the annual Godiva Festival. And although it really does look as if it’s made from wood, it’s actually manufactured from a strong and durable composite material that should be more resistant to damage and wear-and-tear.

The Friends of War Memorial Park were formed in 2006 to promote, develop and maintain the historic 121 acre park. Since then, they have secured funding for their work from a number of sources, including the Heritage Lottery and the Big Lottery, and have been behind many of the improvements the park has seen over recent years, including the Visitor Centre and the refurbished play area.

The Friends continue to work on a number of projects aimed at ensuring that the park and its facilities can be enjoyed by as wide a section of the community as possible, and are always keen to welcome new members. For more information on how you can get involved, please see their website at: http://www.fwmpcoventry.org.uk/

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