New exercise equipment installed in Limerick estate

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

WALKERS in the Baggot Estate are now able to vary their fitness regime after City Council installed fitness equipment on the walkway of the estate.

WALKERS in the Baggot Estate are now able to vary their fitness regime after City Council installed fitness equipment on the walkway of the estate.

Limerick City Council’s environment department has installed four pieces of equipment in the estate, which allow seven people to partake in a workout at the same time.

The traditional walker and twister equipment allow four people to exercise at the same time.

Meanwhile, two people can share the Taiji massage machine, which exercises the shoulders and arms, while there is a stepping machine for the use of one person.

The environment department is proving popular with the area’s walkers, in particular the Our Lady of Lourdes walking group who meet on a regular basis for a lap of the new walkway.

In the past year, the Baggot Estate has seen a number of improvements, including CCTV, a loop walk and enhanced signage, in a bid to address issues around anti-social behaviour.

Paul Foley, of Limerick City Council, said this is the next step.

“The net effect of these works is that anti-social behaviour has improved. We are delighted and pleased with this, but it is a work in progress. We will continue to improve this facility, and this was our objective in installing this exercise equipment.”

The exercise equipment is available during daylight hours.

One person who has welcomed the initiative is Laura Ryan of the Limerick Communications Office.

She said it reminded her of similar parks in Spain.

“I always thought it was a really clever idea and it’s now available in Limerick,” she enthused.