Amanzimtoti now has the addition of an outdoor gym at the Hutchison Sports Centre. The installation of the outdoor gym forms part of the 100 Parks Project which began in 2017. This is the first of its kind in ward 97.
“What started as a promise in 2017, eventually became a reality on Tuesday, 18 May. The project promised either a children’s play set or an outdoor gym to various wards. Our request was in favour of a gym, given that there appeared a need and with non-such equipment existing within the area,” said an elated ward 97 councillor, André Beetge.
However, the journey of getting the outdoor gym installed was a bumpy one.
“Despite being informed that the equipment was delivered and ready for collection at Dube Trade Port, transport returned empty as equipment was found to be of inferior quality and rusting even before delivery. Our continued pestering towards this eventually resulted in the delivery of a children’s play set which we, however, refused to accept, as being well aware that it would classify the ward as being a recipient, albeit then of something not requested.”
Beetge’s perseverance paid off.
“The consistent enquiries towards the elusive outdoor gym was eventually rewarded with equipment that is arguably chalk and cheese compared to the previous inferior quality.”
The gym, conveniently located within the constraints of the Hutchison Park Sports node and funded from the ward block sum allocation. It comprises 12 pieces of equipment that can facilitate 27 participants at the same time.
“We trust that it will be well accepted, used, but also maintained by the public in general. We have already lodged requests for similar projects along the Amanzimtoti promenade and in Warner Beach.”
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