PLANS for a major new community gym in the village of Drumquin have been unveiled.
Work on the £400,000 complex is expected to begin early in 2020 and is being spearheaded by the recently-formed Drumquin Healthy Living Partnership Ltd.
It comes hot on the heels of the £400,000 provision of a new Community Youth Centre. The Wolfe Tones GAA club is also planning additional pitch facilities for its youth and adult players at a cost of £200,000, having recently invested £50,000 in floodlit facilities.
The purpose-built gym project in Drumquin will revamp a disused playground site on the Omagh Road and is also set to include external play and fitness facilities aimed at improving the health and wellbeing for people in the area.
Speaking to the UlsterH, Paul McCusker, chairman of the Drumquin Healthy Living Partnership described the scheme as “massive for Drumquin”.
“Our motivation for building this community gym is to ensure that the health and fitness needs of local people of all ages are catered for,” he said.
“It will represent a massive and long-awaited boost for Drumquin. Along with the opening of the new Youth Centre it is bringing a renewed sense of vibrancy and enthusiasm to the whole Drumquin area.
“The added bonus is that the new community gym will utilise an area of disused land while another advantage is the fact that its location is so close to the village.
“Our group has members from various local organisations and community groups and the gym will be an exciting and welcome addition to the facilities of Drumquin.
“At a time when awareness is growing about health, fitness and the need for people to become more active, we are confident that this project will help the people of the area to improve their health and well-being.”
Fundraising activities aimed at helping to meet the cost of the project are currently ongoing, including a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience to trek in Croatia.
It is also envisaged that a number of funding sources will also be forthcoming.
Mr McCusker said they are currently preparing for the tender process and that the scheme has a commitment to progress from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.
“Our plans are being finalised at the moment and the new Community Gym will be fully compliant with all the modern requirements in terms of access. We are so looking forward to seeing this dream finally become a reality,” he continued.
“The building has been designed to maximise the use of glass and those using the gym will have panoramic views out over the local GAA pitches and surrounding countryside.”