A woman who moved to England from The Dominican Republic has started a campaign to bring a new form of exercising to Worthing.
Amelia Santana, 32, of Carisbrooke Drive, is hoping to have a Calisthenics park built at the Northbrook Recreation Ground in Romany Road.
Calisthenics are a variety of exercises intended to tone the body and increase body strength, and include bending, jumping, stretching and swinging.
Sit-ups and crunches are also considered an important part of the exercises.
Amelia has started a Change campaign online, which so far has raised nearly 200 supporters, to help raise awareness of the park.
Amelia, who recently exercised by pole dancing, said: “When I moved here to the UK I could not really find a gym so I started looking for a park like this, but realised we don’t really have them in the UK compared to other places in Europe. And so I thought how people might enjoy them.
“These types of parks help me and they are quite challenging, but fun. A lot of people I know have been talking about the problems of exercising, because not everyone likes to use the gym. And I know there is nothing else.
“So far, the campaign has had a positive response and it is very good to exercise outside.”
The estimated cost of the park is currently unknown, although they are considered a cheaper alternative to the gym due to lack of equipment required.
The ground proposed currently consists of a sports pavilion, two football pitches, and a play area, but Amelia believes there is the potential to do more with the park.
A spokesman for Worthing Borough Council thanked the Herald for notifying them of the petition.
The council said Andy Edwards, head of environment, would welcome a meeting with the petition organiser to discuss the proposal in more detail.
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