A new outdoor gym has been put in place in a park in Bury as part of a £350,000 improvement scheme.

The funding has been secured by councillors with the £10,000 gym being the latest addition in a series of projects.

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Other projects include a refurbished play area (around £53,000), newly renovated tennis courts and a skate park is in the works (roughly £180,000).

A picture of the long-awaited skate park was released earlier this month after the previous contractor, The Freestyle Collective, went bust mid project, owing the council more than £40,000.

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Construction began in June last year and CANVAS Spaces Ltd were appointed by the council last year to take over the project and they have held several consultation events with users of the skate park to produce the design.

Work is due to begin on the site in May and is set to be completed in summer.

The tennis courts were also fully revamped last year with new fencing, gates, surface repainting and new nets.

Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations at the council, said: “Clarence Park is one of the borough’s flagship parks which is well used and enjoyed by the local community and visitors alike.

“We know the main reason people use Clarence Park is to exercise, take children to play and reduce stress levels.

"This new outdoor gym, together with the wider investment, will ensure the park can continue to go from strength to strength and keep it a tip-top facility supporting residents’ health, happiness and wellbeing.”

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The park has been awarded Green Flag status, the benchmark international standard for publicly accessible parks and green spaces in the UK, for 18 years running.

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