Armstrong Memorial Park’s age friendly outdoor exercise equipment is installed and ready for use.

Armstrong Memorial Park’s age friendly outdoor exercise equipment is installed and ready for use.

Exercise equipment ready to go

Outdoor exercise equipment – eight pieces of it – has been set up at Memorial Park in Armstrong

The equipment is installed and Armstrong’s Age Friendly Community Advisory Committee hopes people use it.

Outdoor exercise equipment – eight pieces of it – has been set up at Memorial Park in a partnership between the committee and Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation.

“It’s really easy to use,” said age friendly committee chairperson Peter Rotzetter.

“We hope to have kids and parents out and around, and hope to have a lot of talk going around about the equipment.

“We want to see Armstrong residents feeling good.”

Funded in part by the federal government’s New Horizons For Seniors Program, the eight stages of equipment are for use for people 14 and over who are a minimum five-feet tall and weigh a minimum 100 pounds.

The equipment includes a combo press and pull, sit-up bench, two-person rotator, rowing machine, multi-gym, pull-up and dip station, air walker plus and multi bars to perform a variety of stretching exercises.

People can use the equipment at their own risk. If you’d like personal assistance to learn the full use of the equipment, contact parks and recreation in the Nor-Val Sports Centre to be paired with a volunteer mentor.

Members of the age friendly advisory committee have been trained on the equipment.

The official open house and ribbon cutting for the equipment will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, followed by volunteer mentor introductions, demonstrations and brochure distribution.

Three separate workshops at the park with volunteer mentors on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the equipment are set for consecutive Thursdays in April – April 16, 23 and 30 – at 2 p.m. each day.

Brochures on the equipment are available anytime at parks and recreation, the chamber of commerce and the Armstrong Seniors Centre.