Outdoor gym the first of its kind

2019-08-27 06:00
Mogamat Cassiem was joined by the jubilant members of the Gatesville Seniors Club when he cut the ribbon, opening the new outdoor gym. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Mogamat Cassiem was joined by the jubilant members of the Gatesville Seniors Club when he cut the ribbon, opening the new outdoor gym. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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An outdoor gym, the first of its kind in Gatesville, was erected in less than seven months by the City of Cape Town, thanks to an initiative by the Gatesville Seniors’ Club.

The gym, situated at the Gatesville Sports Field, was officially opened by Mogamat Cassiem, ward councillor, on Wednesday 21 August.

Fowzia Veerasamy of the club says the idea of constructing an outdoor gym was initiated by their club. They approached Cassiem, who gave them the go-ahead to approach the City’s department of parks and recreation for assistance.

The seniors’ club was more than delighted when the City welcomed their request and set the wheels in motion.

The gym will offer a much needed recreational space where not only the seniors, but all the residents of the area, can work out.

“Our youth and seniors will now come to a safe place and utilise the gym equipment. We are excited, because this is the first in the area,” said Veerasamy.

Faeek Peck, the facilities manager said that even though the facility is open to all the residents, strict security measures will be adhered to in order to curb vandalism,

This is due to the area being frequently targeted by vandals and gangs.

He explained there will be a visitors’ register and people will have to produce their identity documents to gain access to the gym. “We want to ensure this remains a safe space for everyone.

“A lot of work went into this project to ensure it is run properly.”

According to him, the gym highlights the documented goals of the City to try and accommodate people from all age groups, by offering them much-needed services in safe spaces.

Cassiem congratulated the seniors on advocating for service delivery.

He encouraged them to take good care of the facility and promised that in future the City will install more modern-day gym equipment.

“This is an amazing project. Seniors are very close to our hearts and that of the City. They endure a lot of hardship. I always try to be proactive when it comes to their events.”

He expressed the wish that similar groups be formed in other areas.

According to him, clubs such as the Gatesville Seniors’ Club assist in communicating the needs of the community in a united voice.

“These types of groups bring residents together and build partnerships,” he said.

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