Outdoor gym for Keynsham.


Plan of Keynsham Memorial Park.
Plan of Keynsham Memorial Park.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is planning on creating its first outdoor gym at Keynsham Memorial Park.

This will include outdoor fitness kit and three new measured and marked park trails for running, jogging and walking.

This is part of a series of improvements to the park, which will include widening of the entrance from the High Street with an extended hard surface put in, linking it to the existing path.

Six new welcome signs will be installed at the entrances and there are also plans to plant more flowers and shrubs in the park, which this year won a Gold Award in the RHS in Bloom Awards for the first time.

Those interested in finding out more are invited along to a drop-in event at the One Stop Shop at the Civic Centre on Thursday February 5, 10am – 2pm. Visitors will be able to see view the plans and see a photographic display of the new equipment.

Keynsham's One Stop Shop
Keynsham’s One Stop Shop

During the event on February 5, there will also be an opportunity to find out about the old boundary stone seat and give your ideas on where to put it in the park. This stone seat used to be on the old county bridge and will be reinstated in the park.

Cllr David Dixon (LibDem, Oldfield), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Keynsham Memorial Park is already a vibrant park with two children’s play areas, a small skate park, picnic area, bowling green, multi-sport courts and café.

Keynsham Memorial Park
Keynsham Memorial Park

We’ve also recently put in brand new toilets at the park. This fantastic project will really add to the facilities in the park as well as encouraging healthier lifestyles. These improvements will encourage adults to enjoy fitness regimes in the open air and provide new challenging play equipment for teenagers.”

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “We are using £30,000 of regeneration funding for this exciting project, following consultation with town and ward councillors. This is part of our overall investment to revitalise the town with new jobs, new homes, and a revamped town centre.”

The work is expected to be completed by the end of March. The Council’s Active Lifestyles and Health Improvement Team will then provide an outdoor fitness coach and running leader to run sessions on the new equipment and park trails. This would include Run Fit classes and Run Start beginner running courses.