Residents are being asked to give their views on the proposed changes to fitness equipment at a Richmond park.

The proposed changes at Heathfield Recreation Ground will be in part funded by a £20,000 grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, which was awarded to the council earlier this year.

The new equipment includes pieces specifically aimed at elderly users to help aid mobility with other equipment for people of all ages and abilities also proposed. Suggested changes are part of the Council’s ‘Friendly Parks for All’ policy to develop a dementia-friendly community to make the borough accessible for everyone.

The planned fitness equipment will complement the other improvements and facilities recently installed in Heathfield Recreation Ground that aim to encourage more people to explore the park for the benefit of their health and well-being.

In recent months a sensory trail and barefoot path, some information boards explaining the history and ecology of the site and a sculpture designed by a student from Richmond College have all be installed in the park.

There are also monthly activities held in the park, aimed at people with dementia and their carers but anyone interested in exploring the park is welcome to take part.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Planning and Sustainability said: “This new equipment will help to make Heathfield Rec more accessible to all residents, particularly those who may be suffering from physical or mental illness who can benefit greatly from have more access to open green spaces.

“Whether you are a regular or sometime user of Heathfield Rec, or if you believe the changes would encourage you to make more use of the equipment I encourage you to have your say on the proposals before the deadline.”

Visit the councils website to have your say before the consultation closes on Wednesday November 14.