Report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath.
The Committee received a report of the Superintendent of Hampstead Heath that sought members’ views regarding the outdoor gym to be located at the Trim Trail at Parliament Hill. The proposal for the installation of outdoor gym equipment met the guidance set out in the Hampstead Heath Management Plan for alterations or creation of new sports facilities in designated sports areas.
The Operational Services Manager advised that, subject to funding provided by the London Borough of Camden (LBC) and the proposal being approved, the new outdoor gym equipment would be installed alongside the existing Trim Trail equipment which would remain in place. Members were supportive of the outdoor gym being located at the Trim Trail but noted concerns such as the dangers for young children playing on or with the equipment given its close proximity to the children’s playground.
In response to a member’s question, the Operational Services Manager advised that LBC had managed and maintained the eight other outdoor gym locations within the borough. The Committee noted the resolution of the City of London Open Spaces Committee that decisions on sport and play equipment funding offers should be based on the principle that any offer should be self-funding for the lifetime of the equipment and its removal. The Operational Services Manager added that a representative from LBC had reported no instances of vandalism at other outdoor gyms in the borough.
RESOLVED – That the proposed location of the outdoor gym be supported by the Hampstead Heath Consultative Committee.