Wyndham Park's outdoor gym a lasting legacy to Grantham's RotarySwimarathon
Wyndham Park is now home to an outdoor gym, thanks to Rotarians...and swimmers.
The £20,000, 10-piece gym has been installed on the stretch of grass between the boating lake and River Witham in the Grantham park.
It was five years in the making, made possible thanks to the fund-raising efforts of participants in the RotarySwimarathon, organised every year by the Rotary Club of Grantham – and marks the event’s 30th anniversary.
The man behind the project is Roger Graves, chairman of the RotarySwimarathon for 18 years, and for him, the unveiling was a “dream come true”.
He told the Journal: “To have this type of facility available to everyone has been talked about for a long time and after we had celebrated our 25th anniversary we knew that the 30th had to be the time – with so much emphasis these days on outdoor activity and healthy exercise it seemed the obvious choice and coupled with the fact we were able to locate it in the town’s central park was an added bonus.
“After what seems like months and months of planning it really is a dream come true. From the moment it was first announced in February we have received nothing but compliments and thanks, and we in turn would like to thank everyone for their help.
“To see it operational on Saturday was fantastic. We have always said the RotarySwimarathon is a community event and these facilities are also for the community.
“If you are a regular keep fit person or someone who says ‘it’s not for me’, why not pay a visit and give it a go – this is a quality installation and we hope it will help people get more quality out of their life for many years to come.”
Rotary club president Ray Klingels said a few words during the launch. He told the crowd: “This is an example of what the Swimarathon does for Grantham.
“What we would like to say is thank you to the people involved - Roger and his team, and, of course, SKDC and the Wyndham Park Forum. They have all helped to make this a success and I’m looking forward to this being used a lot by the people of Grantham.”
Before unveiling a commemorative board alongside Ray, chairman of South Kesteven District Council Councillor Jacky Smith said: “We hope very much that everyone will benefit; you can enjoy life so much more if you are healthy.”
The annual RotarySwimarathon started in Grantham in 1990, and has raised more than £850,000 for local charities and deserving causes in and around Grantham.
From a one-day event involving 100 teams, it has grown into a three-day spectacular that attracts more than 270 teams and over 1,600 swimmers.
Swimmers are asked to raise money, all of which goes back into the community through grants to charities and good causes.
This year’s sponsorship money – which totalled almost £40,000 – will be presented to deserving causes on Thursday, June 27 at a presentation evening in St Wulfram’s Church.
Awards will also be handed to star swimmers, sponsors and helpers.