Outdoor gym punches above its weight

2017-12-12 06:01

A R200 000 upgrade has been planned for the outdoor gym in Three Anchor Bay.

The gym, which has become a popular exercise choice, will be upgraded as part of the rehabilitation to the Sea Point promenade, City of Cape Town officials revealed at a recent ward 115 meeting.

The promenade has undergone major repair works over the past five years. The current stage of this long-term project entails the rehabilitation of the sea wall at Rocklands Bay and that section of the promenade (“Pave way forward”, People’s Post, 21 February).

The sea wall between Sea Point and Mouille Point was constructed in phases, beginning in the early 1920s, with completion at Mouille Point in around 1940. Due to the age of the sea wall, the City started with a major rehabilitation project in 2012 to protect this popular public space.

“The outdoor gym is very popular. Users from Green Point, Mouille Point and Gardens make use of the equipment, but also users from other parts of the city who use the Sea Point promenade for recreation and exercise purposes,” says Mayco Member (North) Suzette Little.

The popularity of the gym has led to the equipment getting worn out, she explains.

“Around 80% of the equipment needs major repairs due to overuse (the current gym has been very well used by residents), so we will be adding a new gym or wing to alleviate the pressure on the current equipment.”

A second gym area will be created, with more static equipment, during the upgrade.

“We have conducted a survey with current users. Next, we will be repairing all damaged equipment and adding a new gym section with similar equipment. There will be fewer moveable pieces and rather more stationary equipment to avoid damage from overuse. The new equipment will essentially serve the same functions as the current equipment,” Littles says.

“All equipment that cannot be repaired will be removed. The funding for the project has been secured. It is anticipated that work will start early next year and be completed by February or March.”

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