Coley Gym

Closed 18 Jun 2019

Opened 4 Jun 2019

Feedback Updated 27 Jun 2019

We Asked

We asked specialist companies to submit a design for a new outdoor gym for all abilities and we put the choice of five designs to the public vote.

We wrote to 720 residents living near the recreation ground, we asked parents of pupils attending St Mary and All Saints Primary School and users of Coley Community Centre to choose their preferred option.  We also asked people to vote online.

During the consultation, you said you wanted a better description of the equipment. So we asked the companies to provide additional information which included a description of their equipment and its functions.

You Said

We received 115 votes in total, with the winning design, number 4 from TGO (The Great Outdoor Gym Company, receiving 38% the votes.

The results of the consultation are tabled below:

Choice of design

All Saints School

Coley CC

RBC hub

TOTAL

RANKING

1

CALOO

 

 

2

 

5

 

5

 

12

 

 

3rd

2

HAGS

 

 

8

 

26

 

8

 

42

 

2nd

3

SUTCLIFFE

 

 

0

 

3

 

3

 

6

 

5th

4

TGO

 

 

7

 

33

 

4

 

44

 

1st

5

WICKSTEED

 

 

2

 

5

 

4

 

11

 

4th

 

TOTAL

 

 

19

 

72

 

24

 

115

 

We Did

The winning scheme was returned to the school and community centre for the public to view. More details on the winning scheme.

It is anticipated that work on the new gym area will begin in September 2019 and be ready for use by the half term week in October.

Results Updated 26 Jun 2019

This consultation, launched on 4th June, put the choice of five designs to the public vote.

Letters were written to residents living near Coley Recreation Ground, the shortlisted designs were on display at St Mary and All Saints Primary School and at Coley Park Community Centre, with parents of the children attending the school and those visiting the community centre using a ballot box and voting slips to choose their preferred option. People could also vote online.

The winning design, number 4 from TGO, received 38% of the votes.

Coley Recreation Ground in west Reading has been earmarked for a £65K investment.

The new gym will be designed to offer free fitness for all and will offer a mix of robust equipment to suit people of varying ages and abilities. It will offer both single and multi-use units as well as equipment for seated and standing users.

It is anticipated that the work will start on site in September 2019 and ready for use by the half term week in October.

Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: “I’m pleased to announce the winning design for the new outdoor gym at Coley Park Recreation Ground is number 4 from TGO.  We know that parks are one of the most valued amenities in Reading and can also provide great opportunities for people to remain active. This new outdoor gym offers and encourages free fitness opportunities for a wide range of the park’s users. Additionally, the offering has good provision for those with accessibility issues so that the widest possible range of users can benefit.

“I’m delighted that we are able to put such a significant sum into Coley Recreation Ground. It is one of our key priorities that we provide high quality, accessible equipment in as many of our parks as possible.  I’d like to especially thank the ward councillors in Coley who listened to what locals wanted and were so instrumental and involved in making this project happen.

“This is an exciting and worthwhile investment for the area and will benefit large numbers local people for years to come.”

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Overview

To support the existing sporting and recreational facilities at Coley Recreation Ground, the Council will be installing a new outdoor gym to further encourage active participation in physical activity.  This will be free to use and available all year round.  Funding for this project is coming from nearby developer contributions and we anticipate that the overall expenditure will be approximately £65,000.

A number of specialist companies have put forward ideas and we are consulting with local people to vote to choose what scheme they would like to see implemented.  In particular we have specified that they must include a good mix of robust equipment suitable for people of varying ages and abilities and which must include wheelchair accessible items.  In addition they must include both single and multi-use units as well as equipment for seated and standing users.

We asked the suppliers to give us an illustration of their scheme together with an itemised list of equipment. These can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

or

you can visit Coley Park Community Centre or St Mary & All Saints School in Wensley Road on the following days/times:

  • Tuesday 4th June, 10am-1pm at the Coley Park Community Centre
  • Thursday 6th June, 10-4pm at the Coley Park Community Centre
  • Monday 10th June, 10-1pm at the Coley Park Community Centre & at St Mary & All Saints School (opening hours)
  • Tuesday 11th June, 10-1pm at the Coley Park Community Centre & at St Mary & All Saints School (opening hours)
  • Wednesday 12 June, 10-1pm at St Mary & All Saints School opening hours
  • Thursday 13th June, 10am-4pm at Coley Park Community Centre, & at St Mary & All Saints School (opening hours)
  • Friday 14th June at St Mary & All Saints School (opening hours)
  • Saturday 15th June, 10-2pm at the Coley Park Community Centre
  • Monday 17th June, 10-1pm at the Coley Park Community Centre
  • Tuesday 18th June, 10-1pm at the Coley Park Community Centre

What Happens Next

The scheme with the most votes will be implemented. It is anticipated that the work will commence in September.

The winning design can be viewed online from Monday 24 June. 

Areas

  • All Areas