A new ‘health zone’ for a north London housing estate
Housing association Southern Housing Group is building on the success of its food growing project at Stamford Hill in Hackney, North London by launching an outdoor gym to help residents keep healthy.
The outdoor gym has received support from the London 2012 Changing Places Programme, Transform. Transform is delivered by Groundwork London and the London Sustainability Exchange. Funding has also been received from Southern Housing Group and will also support the purchase of a range of equipment for residents to use.
Earl Newman, Community regeneration officer at Southern Housing Group, said, “We have been working with residents of Stamford Hill since February to understand their needs and what they would like to see on the estate. The launch of the outdoor gym is part of a range of projects we are working on around healthy living and the response from residents so far has been great. These projects help to bring residents together, strengthening the sense of community, as well as providing opportunities to learn new skills.”
Kelly Walkes, a resident of Stamford Hill since the late 1970s, said, “The outdoor gym is a great idea. It gives residents the opportunity to get fit right on their doorstep. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it and using it.”
Residents of Stamford Hill were consulted over the design of the gym and the equipment required. To mark the completion of installation residents were invited to a launch event on Wednesday 28 November, 2-4pm. Instructors from the Outdoor Gym Company, which installed the gym, were on hand to show residents how to use the equipment and residents could take part in sports challenges to win prizes.