London Borough of Croydon

King George’s Field Outdoor Active Space Unveiling: 1pm - 2:30pm, Saturday 15 September 2018.

Croydon’s fourth new outdoor active spaces opens for residents in King Georges Field, Selhurst, CR0 2EA.

A free event will take place in the park to officially open the new active space to the public, with a personal trainer on-hand demonstrating how to safely use the equipment.

No need to sign up. Just turn up on the day, wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water!

Download the event poster.

Tone up and get fit for free at your local outdoor gym

Do you want to get fit or lose weight? Is the idea of going to a gym, enough to put you off going? Can’t afford gym membership? If you answered yes to any of these questions - have you ever tried an outdoor gym?

Benefits

There are many benefits of using an outdoor gym, including:

  • You burn more calories when exercising outside
  • Just five minutes every day can lead to improvements in mood and self-esteem, as well as physical fitness
  • The ever changing scenery means you’ll never get bored
  • Save on paying gym membership
  • You can tone and get fit, for free

And the weather is never an excuse… you can exercise outside no matter what the weather, the key is wearing layers and having a waterproof!

Locations

Croydon is lucky to have outdoor gyms at: 

Five new outdoor gyms for Croydon

Three new gyms have been open since November 2017:

Two more gyms are to open in 2018:

Outdoor gyms are free to use, suitable for all ages, and make it easy to squeeze some physical activity into busy days!

How were the five new locations chosen?

The selection for the locations of the new gyms was based on a number of different things, such as; where we already have outdoor facilities, what other facilities are available within the area, how many people live in each of the areas, and the life expectancy of people in the area.

How are the gyms being paid for?

All five of the gyms have funding from the council and mental health charity, the Matt Palmer Trust, who are contributing £100,000 towards the project. The trust is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to support the mental well-being of men of all ages in the UK and Ireland.

The four ward councillors from New Addington and Fieldway have put £25,000 of their ward budgets towards the gym at Goldcrest Way, New Addington.

The gym at Purley Playing Fields has received a £5,500 donation from the charity Croydon Relief in Need, and £1,500 from local councillors ward budgets.

Why are we introducing more outdoor gyms?

The Department of Heath recommends 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Outdoor gyms are proven to help people to achieve this as they are free, accessible and make it easy to slot exercise into a normal daily routine.