Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Olympic Legacy comes to Kidbrooke Green

I have to admit I'm one of those who question just what if any Olympic sporting legacy we'll see in Greenwich borough once Locog roll out of town.

But it seems that here in Kidbrooke Green we may be getting at least one crumb falling from the Olympic cake.

A few days ago Greenwich Council workers erected fencing in a corner of the green and started digging.

Typically for Greenwich council, no signs were put up and locals weren't told what was happening.

Nor can I find any mention of the development on the council website.

So this morning I went over and had a chat with the workers there:

And it turns out they're constructing an "outdoor gym" in preparation for the Olympics, much like the ones already constructed in Charlton and Sutcliffe Parks.

I've since spoken to the company behind it and they've told me that unlike the "Adizone" at Charlton Park, this one thankfully won't be smothered in Adidas sponsorship.

They also said that Greenwich Council will be erecting even more of these gyms right across the borough in the run up to 2012.

Now I'm unsure about these outdoor gyms. The one in Charlton Park does seem popular but I still think that childrens' playgrounds would be better used.

I'm also not sure whether the 'legacy' will be cancelled out by the current plans to build on other green spaces across the borough (more of which another time).

But all these gripes aside, the gym could be a welcome addition to what is at the moment a rather underused and ill-defined space.

So what do you think? Do you welcome the spread of these outdoor gyms?

-Update- More from the e-shootershill site

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