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Tenants get active thanks to outdoor gym

21 October 2014

Housing provider Sanctuary Scotland has contributed an outdoor gym to its award-winning regeneration of Linwood, Renfrewshire.

Sanctuary provided a £5,200 grant for fitness equipment for area residents, the final feature added to the eight-year community project now known as Kintyre Park.

Local group Linwood Active was created in 2006 by parents determined to give their children somewhere safe to play.

Lesley Compston, of Linwood Active, said: “Sanctuary provided the donation which set us on our way, so it’s fitting that Sanctuary also paid for the outdoor gym, effectively the final piece of the jigsaw.

“Our initial aim was to reduce isolation, increase community participation and get back a feel-good factor. The regeneration brought people out of flats, now the park provides a community space where residents can mix and have fun.

“We had 2,000 people at the launch event for the park, and we expect around 200 of them to make use of the gym equipment. The local jogging network visits the gym during their sessions, one of many groups to do so.

“Local residents know Kintyre Park is theirs and we don’t know what we would do without it.”

The outdoor gym equipment includes a rowing machine, cross-trainer, air walker, chest press and shoulder press.

Gordon Laurie, director – Sanctuary in Scotland, said: “Kintyre Park is a fantastic community facility and a tremendous asset to residents.

“Linwood Active deserves great credit for the work it’s put in to make the park a reality and we are glad to have been able to help.”

Linwood won ‘best regeneration project’ at The Herald Property Awards in 2011. Over a five year period, £26 million was spent replacing 23 dilapidated maisonette blocks with 190 family homes. The project saw around 450 Linwood tenants re-housed in modern, high quality properties. 


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