POLL: Outdoor gym forms part of council master plan for Cromer’s North Lodge Park
Cromer could soon become home to north Norfolk's first outdoor gym as part of a major project to revamp one of the town's parks.
The 14-piece all-age gym would be installed alongside new play equipment in North Lodge Park and forms part of a master plan, which has been drafted for the much-loved open space.
Environmental chiefs from North Norfolk District Council have laid out their vision for the park, which they say has started to look 'tired' and is in need of improvements to benefit both residents and visitors.
The gym and play equipment form part of the �197,000 scheme that also includes scrapping the putting green and turning the bowls green into a formal garden to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
New public toilets would be installed next to the gym and the building housing the existing loos would be gifted to the Sea View pre-school to be used as storage space.
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The council is keen to get the plans rolling, with the gym and play area hoped to be open in time for the Olympic flame's passage through the town in July.
John Lee, cabinet member for environment, said: 'I hope residents will support [the plan] and hopefully it will get more people to visit that end of the town, and from a business point of view that helps.'
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But despite including extra facilities, the plan has ruled out installing a skate park as it was 'not considered appropriate' to put one on the land earmarked for the new play area.
Cromer youngsters have been campaigning for months for a dedicated area to polish their skating and BMXing skills, and have threatened to embarrass the town council by moving their activities from the park to the promenade in front of the pier.
Mr Lee stressed the skateboarders were not being forgotten and other sites were being considered.
'We will have a park in Cromer and facilities for them but it won't be on the hard standing of North Lodge Park,' he added.
'It's possible we could use another part of North Lodge Park, but that's one of several options.'
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