Fitness and Access Improvements Consultation: Murray Park

Closed 5 Aug 2016

Opened 8 Jul 2016

Feedback Updated 9 Sep 2016

We Asked

Whether the replacement of the fitness equipment at this site would be supported by residents and park users and if so, what would be the preferred options in terms of layout, design and equipment. The community were also asked for their views on the possible installation of a path to link both sides of the park and improve access around the perimeter for all users.

You Said

77% of respondents were in favour of the proposed replacement of the fitness equipment and in terms of layout and design the trim trail layout and brightly coloured design were the most popular. The top five pieces of equipment selected by respondents were cross trainer, pull up bar, stepper, bicycle and body twist. 85% were in favour of a new tarmac path being installed.

We Did

Following the consultation, the Council’s Parks and Open Space team are working with the Friends of Murray Park on a specification to obtain quotes for the equipment, with installation of the new facilities planned for later in 2016.  Funding has also been sought for the footpath, again with the aim to install over winter.

Results Updated 6 Sep 2016

Following the consultation the Parks and Open Space team have produced the results report below. The next steps are to:

  • Share this report with the Friends of Murray Park to provide any additional comments
  • Begin procurement of equipment ready for installation later in 2016

 

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Overview

As part of our commitment to continually improve our parks and open spaces and encourage healthy living, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ Parks team is working with the Friends of Murray Park to propose the replacement the fitness equipment (FitPoint) located at Murray Park with a selection of individual outdoor fitness equipment or trim trail.

The Friends of Murray Park (FoMP) has received a substantial grant from the Rugby World Cup Legacy Fund to help fund the proposed outdoor fitness, with the Friends’ preference being a Trim Trail around the park to make greater use of the entire park. The money from the RFU will be pooled with Council funds, in order to make greater improvements to the park than would otherwise be possible.

Outdoor fitness equipment can be used by people of all ages to build their strength and exercise their bodies. It can also help to promote participation in sports, reduce isolation in our communities, and is part of the Council’s wider prevention strategy for health. The current fitness equipment has been well used by the community over the past ten years. However, due to wear and tear we feel that this equipment needs to be replaced in order to provide modern and fit for purpose equipment. With this in mind, we would like to seek wider community input to gauge interest on preferred options going forward.

In addition to this proposal, the FoMP and the Council would also like to ask the community for their views on completing the footpath link all around the park by installing a path towards the Whitton Dene end, linking both sides of the park and improving access around the perimeter for all users.

Please complete the online survey below to give us your views. 

If you need a paper copy of the survey questionnaire please contact us using the details on the right of this page.

Areas

  • HEATHFIELD WARD
  • Whitton & Heathfield Village
  • WHITTON WARD

Audiences

  • Open to all

Interests

  • Parks & Open Spaces