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New Outdoor Gym to Get Toome Active!

02 October 2015

Photo from the event
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg and Counillor Brian Duffin, Chair of TIDAL Community Group testing out the new outdoor gym equipment at Toome Linear Park during the official opening. They are joined by Andrew Carson, Public Health Agency who funded the project and Council and community representatives. 


Toome is getting into its stride with the opening of a new outdoor gym situated along the linear walk of the Lower River Bann.   

The project, which was funded by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and the Public Health Agency includes six pieces of outdoor gym equipment, all of which are completely free to use.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg was delighted to launch the new facility today (Thursday); “The new Toome Linear Park Outdoor Gym is a great asset for our local community. The equipment is suitable for all fitness levels and complements the many activities that take place in the area including walking, canoeing and cycling.”

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Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg officially opens the new outdoor gym at Toome Linear Park. 

Councillor Hogg continued, “Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is committed to the continued development of sport and physical activity throughout the Borough. Engaging our community in physical activity is vitally important and this outdoor gym is just one way of helping achieve the Council’s aim of making more people, more active, more often.”  

Michael Owen, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manger with the PHA in the Northern area said: “Participation in physical activity, sport and exercise is great for both mind and body. It helps maintain a healthy weight and protect against heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. Outdoor gyms, such as this one in Toome, are a great way to get active. They are free, easy to use and are accessible on the doorstep of local communities.”

For information on other similar outdoor gyms in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough area log onto www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk