A Playground for Pensioners Opens its Doors to the Public

It has been reported that London's first playground, specially-designed for pensioners' has opened its gates to the public in Hyde Park.

The £50,000 playground is revealed to be equipped with six machines, including a cross-trainer and sit-up bench, each developed to exercise a different part of the body.

The project was financially backed by Westminster City Council to extend gentle exercise for the over 60s. However, those under 60 will not be turned away.

The facility is situated in the park Pavilion Tennis and Bowls Centre.

The so-called Hyde Park Senior Playground was funded by The Royal Parks and Westminster council's neighborhoods budget scheme.

Westminster Council is revealed to have donated £40,000 and The Royal Parks a further £10,000 to refurbish the area for the 125 sq m (1,345 sq ft) playground simply at the request of local residents at the Knightsbridge Association.

Madeline Elsdon, from the association, quoted, "There are so few facilities for older people in our parks and many older people find indoor gyms expensive and intimidating with all that firm flesh on show.

Mark Camley, Chief Executive of The Royal Parks feels that it can prove to be a good source for people to socialize and enjoy.