UXBRIDGE: The Township of Uxbridge has given staff permission to purchase outdoor fitness style playground equipment for Elgin Park.
At a meeting on Monday, Dec. 5th, Council approved a recommendation to allow staff to use $12,000, of the unspent $30,000 that was approved in the 2016 Parks Capital budget for playground equipment, to help purchase the fitness equipment.
According to a report by Bob Ferguson, the Township’s manager of arena and parks, Pat Higgins of Canadian Tire Uxbridge is willing to make a $20,000 donation to the project and, in addition, the Township has $10,000 available to them from a successful Healthy Kids grant.
Mr. Ferguson described the equipment as looking, “similar to what you would see in a fitness club, but is much less high tech with a lot less moving parts.”
“It works off of the principles of a person’s own body weight, as well as some resistant bands,” he said.
Some of the activities the equipment allows people to do, according to the report, includes cycling, leg lifts, squats, sit ups and chin ups. Each piece of equipment is estimated, by staff, to cost from $5,000 to $6,000. With the funding, the Township is able to purchase 7 pieces of equipment.
Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet questioned how often the Township would have to perform maintenance on the equipment.
“There’s very low maintenance, because we don’t have a lot of moving parts with the equipment,” Mr. Ferguson responded.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger lauded the idea of having this equipment in the park.
“I really believe the idea of putting these fitness stations around the park is wonderful,” he said.
To take a look at the equipment, visit norwelloutdoorfitness.com.