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Earlier this month residents were given the opportunity to pick their favourite from a range of options for new facilities at Longbarn Lane Rec

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The winning designs from a public vote for a brand-new outdoor gym and a refurbished BMX track at Longbarn Lane Recreation Ground in South Reading have been revealed 

Earlier this month residents were given the opportunity to pick their favourite from a range of options for new facilities at Longbarn Lane Rec, after the we announced an overall £155,000 investment in the local community.

A consultation letters encouraging people to cast their vote to addresses in Longbarn Lane, Canterbury Road, Home Farm Close, Tavistock Road and Yelverton Road. Displays were also on show at Hexham Community Centre, South Reading Leisure Centre, John Madjeski Academy and Reading Girls School.

The winning design for the new outdoor gym was by The Great Outdoor Gym Company (option 1) which received 96 votes, just 14 more than the design by Fresh Air Fitness (option 2).

The scheme is designed to offer the opportunity for free and accessible exercise for all, promoting physical activity. It boasts an Energy Spinning Bike which can charge a smart-phone and link to the Activate App to allow keep fit enthusiasts to track their own personal workout.

The gym also benefits from a family zone and an inclusive zone which will enable everyone to make use of the equipment. The outdoor gym can be used by all ages and abilities – benefitting from coloured floor markings, as well as large, colourful signage on equipment, wider seats and transfer handles for ease of use and wheelchair accessible equipment.

Work on the new outdoor gym is expected to begin in November and be complete by the end of 2020.

For the BMX track refurbishment, the design by Clark and Kent (option 2) received a total of 116 votes and was the clear winner ahead of the ForteTrailcapes design (option 1) which attracted 61 votes.

The refurbished BMX track will enable all BMX riders, advanced, experienced or new, to be safe and have fun. Work on the new track is also due to begin in November and riders should be able to enjoy it by the end of the year.