New exercise parks to be built across Wollondilly

Active: Councillor Michael Banasik led the push for the council to install fitness stations in towns throughout the shire to help curb obesity rates. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis
Active: Councillor Michael Banasik led the push for the council to install fitness stations in towns throughout the shire to help curb obesity rates. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

Get ready Wollondilly residents - it's time to get physical!

Wollondily Council is set to build eight new exercise parks across the shire.

The equipment will be installed at Bargo Sportsground, Wilton Recreation Reserve, the Old Menangle School site, Emmett Park at Tahmoor, Douglas Park Sportsground, Telopea Park in Buxton, Dudley Chesham Sportsground at The Oaks and Willis Park in Oakdale.

Mayor Matthew Deeth said similar exercise equipment installed at Warragamba had proven popular with locals.

"We want to make these parks accessible to people in all parts of the shire," Cr Deeth said.

"There has been some really positive outcomes in Warragamba.

"It's had a great impact on the community and it's a great way to encourage active, healthy lifestyles."

Councillor Michael Banasik has campaigned for additional gym parks over the past year.

He said he was delighted that more exercise parks would be built.

"We're a very spread out shire so it will be nice to have these parks across the region," Cr Banasik said.

"Most of the places these parks will be in are small towns with just a park as their open space so it will give residents a new way to stay active.

"We have one out in Appin and Bridgewater as well and they are pretty popular so once we build these new ones we will have 11 across the shire which is great."

Cr Banasik said outdoor gym parks helped to fight the growing obesity epidemic.

"Having these parks will encourage people to get out and be active," he said.

"There has been a lot of support for this project - I think they will be really popular with the community."

The project will be funded using the $15 million allocated to the council under the Western Sydney City Deal.

Cr Deeth said the project had a strict timeline for completion under the city deal.

"Due to the timeline I think these projects will be delivered in the next 12 to 18 months, so watch this space," he said.