Trim trail success for March park

A trim trail that will be installed in West End Park, March
A trim trail that will be installed in West End Park, March

A new trim trail in March’s West End Park will be installed next month after the Friends secured enough funding for the project.

The existing equipment in the park has reached the end of its life and the public were overwhelmingly in favour of installing a trim trail in its place after a consultation took place earlier this year.

Michele Katzler, chair of West End Park Friends Group, said: “This great new exercise kit has something for everyone, from older children right up to octogenarians and maybe even beyond. It’s no more than March deserves to enjoy, and we’re so happy to have gained some of the public funding allotted for such projects.”

The trim trail, which will be completely free to use and maintained by Fenland District Council, has been funded through Community Spaces and an £18,000 grant from WREN.

It will comprise ten pieces of active exercise equipment, plus seven items of easy-to-use outdoor gym equipment. Five items will run alongside the skate bowl path, five along the row of trees and the outdoor gym in the grass triangle to the left of the path leading to The Chase and Little London.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community projects across the UK. We’re delighted to support the new trim trail equipment at the park.”

In order to ascertain public demand for the facility, two surveys were undertaken. The first in November 2010 and the second in early summer this year. Respondents were overwhelmingly in favour of the plans.

There has been enthusiastic approval from local GPs, community groups and clubs and the Friends hope the trim trail will be well received.