Out walking with a friend yesterday we wandered past three adult gyms, those collections of scaffolding poles/modern art on a rubber mat, you seem to find on every urban, or less urban, green space these days and it occurred to me that over the, may be, ten years, I have been aware of this modern addition to street furniture, I have never ever once seen anyone using one.
One of the things that always puzzles me is the way they are always sited on really prominent sites where you can be seen, and commented upon, from the road, enough to put anyone off. I am not suggesting they should be hidden out of sight, but possibly, a little way from the road side might be helpful.
In our village we have a large triangular green. On two sides are village houses and their access road, one of these sides also has the social club and village hall and a nice green space between them, which would be ideal for such a set of apparatus, not isolated, but not obviously overlooked.
So where is ghe gym? Well the third side of the green is a busy road with a junction where a lot of lorries brake and turn to get access to an industrial estate, and there close to the junction is the adult gym, so that with every deep breath you take, should you use the apparatus, you can breathe traffic emissions deep into your lungs.
But, as I said, I have yet to see anyone using this equipment - anywhere.
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