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Residents celebrate the opening of outdoor lakeside gym and refurbished children’s play area

Residents tested their fitness this weekend (1 June) at the launch of a newly relocated and improved outdoor gym next to the picturesque Southmere Lake in Thamesmead.

Participants tried out a range of equipment designed for people of all abilities and were helped out by instructors who came along especially for the opening. 

The gym - next to the popular Lakeside Centre – will be free to use, and has a fitness bike, leg press and pull-up bar. , which is leading Thamesmead’s long-term regeneration. Encouraging healthy, active lifestyles in Thamesmead is a key part of this, and Peabody has been working with the community to support their health and wellbeing priorities.

Dan Wells, Peabody’s Health and Wellbeing Lead for Thamesmead, said: “The outdoor gym allows local residents to exercise and use professional gym equipment at no cost, which is really important as the cost of accessing traditional gyms can often stop people from working out. Today was all about reintroducing the equipment to the community. We want this to be a well-used facility, and for residents to know that the gym is open to all regardless of physical ability.”

On the other side of Southmere Lake, the Cygnet Square play space reopened after being temporarily closed for refurbishment. Families can once again use the equipment at the upgraded space which now has a resurfaced walkway, repaired rubber surfacing, a and gate. This is one of 57 play areas that Peabody looks after in Thamesmead.

Stephanie Lai, Peabody’s Project Manager for Thamesmead Landscape, said: “The Cygnet Square play space is such an important feature for the area, so it’s great to reopen it for families, children and young people who want to play, be active and spend time outdoors. Thanks to the improvements we’ve made, the play space is not only safer for children to use, but more welcoming for parents and guardians who can relax while their little ones have fun.”

Find out more about Peabody’s plan for Thamesmead here

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