KILKENNY COUNTY Council have paved the way by providing adult playgrounds in a number of amenity areas around the city and county.
The Tone Zones or outdoor gyms have been constructed at the Nore Linear Park in the city and in Callan, Castlecomer, Thomastown and the Waterford City Environs.
“In August 2011 the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport invited applications from local authorities for Sports Capital type projects. One of the schemes we put forward for Kilkenny County Council was the provision of five Tone Zones. Generally each ‘gym’ would consist of three to five pieces of equipment. We received approval to this proposal in October 2011. The total value of the project is €70,000, 10% of which is funded locally,” said Senior Engineer, Simon Walton.
“In advancing the project we have endeavored, insofar as possible, to provide for outdoor exercise equipment that, while suiting all age groups, is particularly useable by the more mature members of society. In this way the project seeks to compliment the 17 children’s playgrounds that the council now operates throughout the county in addition to three multi use games areas which, of course, are all targeted at children and teenagers.
“Whilst it is early days yet the feedback on the outdoor gyms has been generally very positive. The equipment adds to the range of amenities now available throughout the county which encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. In general it appears that the equipment is being well used and we hope that this continues to be the case. In the specific case of the Nore Linear Park and given the success of the equipment at Bishopsmeadows we are hoping to install a couple of additional pieces along the Canal Walk in the coming weeks.” he said.
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