Orchard Park's outdoor gym is fit for global audience
IMAGES of Orchard Park's free-to-use outdoor gym will be beamed into millions of homes across the world.
The Eco Wellness Zone, which cost £55,000, opened in the estate's Shaw Park at Easter.
Now, American news channel CNN is about to broadcast a recorded piece about the benefits of the gym – the first of its kind – to its global audience.
Councillor Terry Geraghty, who helped bring the gym to the estate, said: "I am over the moon.
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"This is very positive for the estate.
"Orchard Park is appearing on television for the right reasons."
The gym is unique because it uses floodlights to enable people to exercise at night.
Users are given a wealth of useful information needed to make healthy lifestyle changes.
A so-called "bod pod", or self-diagnosis booth, tells users how much they weigh, their height and their body mass index, as well as giving guidelines on physical activities.
Mr Geraghty explained the advantages of an outside gym to CNN cameras.
He said: "It's the first of its kind in the world.
"The gym is free and, according to the latest figures, 40 people a day are using it.
"This is going to help people lose weight, which in turn will help tackle diabetes and other medical problems associated with obesity.
"It will help reduce pressure on the NHS. It really is a fantastic piece of equipment."
Mr Geraghty said he has been pleased to see the equipment is being well looked after.
"There has been no vandalism and it is still in great condition," he said. "People are respecting it, which is good to see."
In 2010, Orchard Park was featured on TV for wholly different reasons when Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell made a Channel 4 documentary series about life on the estate.
Mr Geraghty verbally attacked Mr Mitchell at the time of the show, called Tower Block Of Commons.
He said: "Orchard Park has a lot of facilities – a lot more than most estates.
"We have a mini golf course that is being refurbished, several sports pitches, a fabulous park and now a new school."
The Eco Wellness Zone has been paid for out of the council's Orchard Park and Greenwood Community Initiatives budget.
CNN has yet to state when the piece will be broadcast.