Love John Ray Park with Improved Fitness Trail

Residents of Braintree will be treated to a new fitness trail, providing opportunities for free, fun, physical activity workouts. The equipment will provide residents with an affordable option to exercise outdoors.

The NHS recommends that to stay healthy or to improve health, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises, ranging from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis. The fitness trail includes overhead rings, dip bars, a pull-up station, balance boards and beam, angled stride jumps and tyre steps to help strengthen bones and muscles.   

Councillor Lynette Bowers-Flint, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing said, “It’s great to see the investment for improvements which benefit the whole community.  We would like to invite all residents and fitness groups to come down and try out the new sustainable facilities on offer.”

Councillor Peter Tattersley, Cabinet Member for Health & Communities said, “The Council is investing in fitness equipment and open spaces to provide families with opportunities to enjoy fitness time together whilst having fun.  It has been recommended that we get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week to help keep us healthy and now John Ray Park provides an activity for everyone.  Exercise doesn’t have to cost a thing so why not use these new facilities to get active outdoors.”

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, said, “We are committed to providing clean and tidy communities for our residents and the improvements to John Ray Park, with the inclusion of new footpaths and a fitness trail, in a beautiful natural setting, enhances the enjoyment for everyone. To coincide with ‘Love Parks Week’ Braintree District Council is also offering 6 free training sessions during July and August to introduce residents to the new fitness equipment and to highlight how parks can be a fantastic resource for people to use as a way of staying active and keeping fit.”

The new trail (completed in time for ‘Love Parks’ week) was carried out as part of the improvements to John Ray Park, complementing the new cycle way, and is funded by developers’ section 106 monies.

Details of FREE sessions