West Berkshire Council

Linear Park 'Trim Trail' officially opens

The brand new 'Trim Trail' in Linear Park, Calcot officially opened today.

2018 Trim Trail at Linear Park, Official Opening Group Shot

Issued on: 29 May 2018

The Trail, which was installed in April, is made up of nine pieces of equipment  along a third of a kilometre of the park, offering eighteen outdoor exercise options, plus two 'stretch stations' where tired muscles can be stretched and relaxed at both the start and completion of the Trail. 

The project was led by the Friends of Linear Park following a survey to find out what residents wanted.  The location of Fords Farm was selected in response to comments from residents that an attraction would encourage more use of this area of the park.

The Trail cost £13,000 and was paid for with a contribution from Holybrook Parish Council, developers' contributions and £5,893 from a successful Members Bid from local Ward Member, Councillor Peter Argyle, supported by Councillors Richard Somner and Manohar Gopal.

Councillor Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Countryside said:

"This project is a great example of partnership working between the council, Friends of Linear Park and Holybrook Parish Council. Working together in this way means that we have been able to give the community exactly what they asked for."

Angela McMahon, Chairman, Friends of Linear Park said: 

"I am very proud of the achievements of the the Friends of Linear Park. The Trim Trail has been a long time in coming and now everyone can enjoy exercising in the park at anytime. It's already getting a lot of use and providing benefits to local people."

Councillor Peter Argyle said:

"I'm delighted that my successful Members Bid will contribute towards something practical and tangible that will make a real contribution to encouraging healthy lifestyles."

West Berkshire Council, with help from Friends of Linear Park, will maintain the Trim Trail equipment.