Nova Scotia

Green Gym removed from Dartmouth park

A popular set of outdoor exercise equipment is gone from a Dartmouth park after pieces broke and the equipment was deemed unsafe.

Company folds, city looking for new options

People of all ages use the Green Gyms in Dartmouth, but the Wyse Road location has now been dismantled. (CBC)

A popular set of outdoor exercise equipment is gone from a Dartmouth park after pieces broke and the equipment was deemed unsafe.

"I’m really disappointed," said Laura Cormier. She works near the Wyse Road location. "I looked out my window one day and it was gone."

All but one piece of equipment at the site was removed over the weekend. Councillor Gloria McCluskey said the city had no choice.

"It’s unsafe now, and we cannot have any equipment there that is unsafe," she said.

Several Green Gyms were installed in Dartmouth a few years ago. Each of the Green Gyms cost the city $18,000.

This is the last remaining piece of the Wyse Road Green Gym. (CBC)

"When you buy something like this you plan that when a part breaks you can go back to the company and have it repaired, but we can't do that here because the company is gone."

HRM isn’t the only city where Green Gyms are popular. More than 200 were sold across North America. The company had high hopes for the idea, and even made a pitch on the show Dragon’s Den.

But in February, the company folded.

McCluskey said there is another company that makes outdoor gym equipment, and she hopes the city will be able to install a new outdoor gym next year.

In the meantime, she said HRM's dealings with Green Gym are in the hands of the legal department.

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