A new playpark and an outdoor gym have opened as part of a multi-million pound investment in Barnet’s parks.

The new £200,000 play area in Totteridge’s Brook Farm Open Space features a mini castle, swings, slides, a seesaw and climbing frame.

Meanwhile, visitors to a new £75,000 outdoor gym at Victoria Recreation Ground in New Barnet. includes apparatus such as a cross-trainer, weights equipment, kettle bells and bars for triceps dips and chin-ups.

Alan Schneiderman, who is chair of the council’s environment and climate change committee, said: “Parks are important places for our health and wellbeing – both physical and mental.

“They are places where we can exercise and relax and they also offer us places to go where we can enjoy clean air and biodiversity, attracting all sorts of wildlife to our borough.

“We’re proud to invest in our lovely parks, and we hope you can find time to enjoy them this Love Parks Week and beyond.”

The council says it has also installed Swing Fitness boxes, which include a variety of weights and double up as exercise benches, in Finchley’s Victoria Park, Hendon Park and Montrose Playing Fields in Colindale.

A memorial bench has also been installed at the centre of the new Barnet Memorial Woodland, where 500 trees were planted by residents to remember lost loved ones.