Palmer Park Outdoor Gym

Get moving with the new outdoor gym at Palmer Park!

  • New seven-station outdoor gym opens at Palmer Park following £75k investment
  • Offers free fitness for all with a mix of robust equipment to suit people of varying ages and abilities

RESIDENTS can look forward to a new, free way to get active, as the new outdoor gym at Palmer Park officially opens.

Following the transformation of the leisure centre and stadium at Palmer Park completed in December 2022, the opening of the new outdoor gym sees a further £75,000 invested in the park. This is a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) 15% funded scheme. 

Leisure facilities across the borough are being improved and modernised so that every resident can benefit. The new outdoor provision at Palmer Park is a further investment into modern new leisure facilities in Reading, in addition to £40 million already pledged for the new pool and leisure centre in Palmer Park and a flagship new pool and leisure centre at Rivermead.

Designed and installed by KOMPAN, the new seven-station gym, located next to Palmer Park Bowling Club, includes equipment to target all major muscle groups of the body.

All angles of pushing and pulling for the upper body are covered with the chest press, the shoulder press, the horizontal row and the pull-down.

For the lower body, the leg press provides activation of all muscles of the lower body in one single exercise. The sit-up bench and the lower back bench focus on the core muscles.


The gym has been designed to offer free fitness for all and offers a mix of robust equipment to suit people of varying ages and abilities.

Using the free KOMPAN Outdoor Fitness app, residents will be able to unlock advice, and guided workouts using the outdoor gym equipment, turning any smartphone into an exercise screen.

Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward, Lead Councillor for Leisure and Culture, said:

“I’m delighted to announce the new outdoor gym at Palmer Park is ready for everyone to enjoy.

“Our much-loved parks already provide great opportunities for people to keep active. The addition of this new outdoor gym offers and encourages free fitness opportunities for all, with good provision for those with accessibility issues so that the widest possible range of users can benefit.”