The outdoor gym costing £15,000 has opened in Arnett Square of Chingford Hall estate

Community outdoor gym opens

Residents and Valley ward councillor Jemma Hemsted outside

Arnett Square resident Linda Magill on the walking machine

Candice Scott uses the dips and legs raise machine

Kay Green uses the leg press

Nick Thomas shows off his strength using the pull-up bar

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A new outdoor gym on an estate has opened to residents and members of the public.

The opening of the £15,000 project in Arnett Square, on the Chingford Hall estate, was attended by more than 20 residents and Valley ward councillor Jemma Hemsted.

Resident Linda Magill, of Arnett Square, first pitched the idea to councillors of bidding for community forum funding following the success of other outdoor gyms in the borough.

Ms Magill, a 43-year-old mother-of-two, said the facility, which includes a cross-trainer, spinning bike, pull-up bar, and leg press, has already generated positive feedback.

She said: "Gyms are so expensive, so this outdoor gym is a perfect way to keep fit locally and it's free.

"It is a great opportunity for young and old and less able-bodied persons to make use of something on their doorstep and is already being used a by people of all ages."

The Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme manager plans to arrange a weekly fitness day at the outdoor gym for residents living on the estate.

Councillor Jemma Hemsted said she is delighted the estate now has its own gym space.

She added: "It is a great addition and the lick of paint given to the children’s play equipment gives it a much brighter, fresher feel. 

"We are hopeful that this will be a very positive and popular addition to the local area having already drawn attention from local residents who as professional fitness trainers give up their time to train local teenagers for free.

"They currently have to travel to Leytonstone but will now be able to do this on their own doorsteps."

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11:58am Mon 19 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

Wonder how long it will be before the facility is vandalised.
Wonder how long it will be before the facility is vandalised. Villagecranberry
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8:37am Tue 20 May 14

kirstywright says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Wonder how long it will be before the facility is vandalised.
how long will it be before its vandalised - depends if the Bullingdon club use it - whose pass members inc Cameron, Osbourne and Boris, but they like to keep that quiet don't they.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Wonder how long it will be before the facility is vandalised.[/p][/quote]how long will it be before its vandalised - depends if the Bullingdon club use it - whose pass members inc Cameron, Osbourne and Boris, but they like to keep that quiet don't they. kirstywright
  • Score: -1

12:57pm Tue 20 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

kirstywright wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Wonder how long it will be before the facility is vandalised.
how long will it be before its vandalised - depends if the Bullingdon club use it - whose pass members inc Cameron, Osbourne and Boris, but they like to keep that quiet don't they.
Well that is such a stupid comment, I cannot even begin to explain to you why. If you think about it, you may get to know.
[quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Wonder how long it will be before the facility is vandalised.[/p][/quote]how long will it be before its vandalised - depends if the Bullingdon club use it - whose pass members inc Cameron, Osbourne and Boris, but they like to keep that quiet don't they.[/p][/quote]Well that is such a stupid comment, I cannot even begin to explain to you why. If you think about it, you may get to know. Villagecranberry
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1:42pm Tue 20 May 14

kirstywright says...

I'm merely pointing out that vandals come from all walks of life, even those born with a silver spoon in their mouths - Why do you assume that this outdoor gym in Chingford Hall Estate is going to be vandalised that's a rather general snooty and flippant remark about the people that live there. A
I'm merely pointing out that vandals come from all walks of life, even those born with a silver spoon in their mouths - Why do you assume that this outdoor gym in Chingford Hall Estate is going to be vandalised that's a rather general snooty and flippant remark about the people that live there. A kirstywright
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1:57pm Tue 20 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

kirstywright wrote:
I'm merely pointing out that vandals come from all walks of life, even those born with a silver spoon in their mouths - Why do you assume that this outdoor gym in Chingford Hall Estate is going to be vandalised that's a rather general snooty and flippant remark about the people that live there. A
No, I agree, vandals do come from all walks of life.

This is the anomaly. Some may suggest youngsters be forced to do National Service and then we read about soldiers getting drunk and smashing a pub up.

The reason I think it will be vandalised is because I have been around Waltham Forest to witness fools smashing and damaging facilities provided for them on numerous occasions. They poop on their own doorstep.

I remember the Davis Lane Youth Centre being burnt to a cinder following an arson attack a few years back after millions. Being invested in it. You only have to go and see the small parks around residential streets being vandalised by teenagers on a daily basis, keeping the area as a no go zone to smoke drugs and cause trouble as there is no deterrent.

Next will be a story on here about this facility being vandalised, no doubt.
[quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: I'm merely pointing out that vandals come from all walks of life, even those born with a silver spoon in their mouths - Why do you assume that this outdoor gym in Chingford Hall Estate is going to be vandalised that's a rather general snooty and flippant remark about the people that live there. A[/p][/quote]No, I agree, vandals do come from all walks of life. This is the anomaly. Some may suggest youngsters be forced to do National Service and then we read about soldiers getting drunk and smashing a pub up. The reason I think it will be vandalised is because I have been around Waltham Forest to witness fools smashing and damaging facilities provided for them on numerous occasions. They poop on their own doorstep. I remember the Davis Lane Youth Centre being burnt to a cinder following an arson attack a few years back after millions. Being invested in it. You only have to go and see the small parks around residential streets being vandalised by teenagers on a daily basis, keeping the area as a no go zone to smoke drugs and cause trouble as there is no deterrent. Next will be a story on here about this facility being vandalised, no doubt. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

2:54pm Tue 20 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

kirstywright wrote:
I'm merely pointing out that vandals come from all walks of life, even those born with a silver spoon in their mouths - Why do you assume that this outdoor gym in Chingford Hall Estate is going to be vandalised that's a rather general snooty and flippant remark about the people that live there. A
You have to face reality:

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[quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: I'm merely pointing out that vandals come from all walks of life, even those born with a silver spoon in their mouths - Why do you assume that this outdoor gym in Chingford Hall Estate is going to be vandalised that's a rather general snooty and flippant remark about the people that live there. A[/p][/quote]You have to face reality: https://en-gb.facebo ok.com/SpottedWaltha mstow/posts/20430008 6386228?comment_id=6 54583&offset=0&total _comments=18 Villagecranberry
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11:47am Wed 21 May 14

Jenny highams park says...

Ive actually visited to see what it was like. lots of new equipment. It seems a shame that so much money has been spent in such a specified location. In one of the public open locations more central to the whole community would have been better.
Ive actually visited to see what it was like. lots of new equipment. It seems a shame that so much money has been spent in such a specified location. In one of the public open locations more central to the whole community would have been better. Jenny highams park
  • Score: 1

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