Fairhill is to be the site of the city’s first outdoor gym, thanks to a €99,000 grant Cork City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) received from Healthy Ireland.
The outdoor gym, which is set for Fairfield Park, will include a cluster of state of the art equipment that will meander around an existing walkway.
In recent years, the City Council has developed the Fairfield Park comprising of a looped tarred walk around a suite of 2 playing pitches. The walk is extremely popular and is also used by two walking groups attached to the HSE Health Action Zone (HAZ).
The plan, which will be implemented in January, will include support programmes set up by the two current HAZ groups that use the Fairfield park. The support programmes include training and mentoring to ensure maximum use of the facilities.
The equipment will be all-inclusive, suitable for people of all abilities have a wide range and free to all, addressing the issue of cost being a barrier to being more active.
Social Inclusion Specialist with Cork City Council Rebecca Loughrey said there will also be walking groups set up to encourage local residents to get out and about.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “ The funding award is very positive for Cork and shows our commitment to promoting healthy living.”
LCDC Chair, Cllr Fergal Dennehy also welcomed the funding boost: “Cork City LCDC is committed to the promotion & maintenance of strong community development, social inclusion, wellbeing and equality across the city and recognises the value of maintaining strong links with local communities and supporting the strategic development of health-enhancing projects”.
Other advancements across the city from the grants include playground upgrades for a number of areas and also a pilot scheme for green spaces kicking off at South Parish/Douglas Street area.
This project will develop the South Parish as a pilot project for healthy, sustainable, green urban living in a densely developed inner city area. This will include working with a local group to undertake a range of practical greening projects and benefiting the local area with additional green spaces, opportunities for social interaction as well as planting healthy food in the green spaces provided.
The local residents will also be working with a horticultural tutor to invigorate the natural landscape of their area.