Charlton Park was the centre of attention on Monday afternoon as New Zealand rugby union captain Richie McCaw and several of his team-mates officially opened a new outdoor Olympic gym.

The gym, which has been designed in the shape of the London 2012 Olympic symbol, has been built on the old athletics track in association with Adidas who have donated finances to include both the creation of the gym and the maintenance of the space for 10 years.

The gym is one of seven exercise areas to be created in London parks for the public to use free of charge.

It was created with the sole aim of getting more people involved, especially young people and members of the local community.

The gym features state-of-the-art outdoor equipment to help athletes with their circuit training, alongside a mini basketball court and a climbing wall.

It is currently unclear whether the new gym will be the final development to Charlton Park before the Olympics as campaigners are hoping that the creation of this free gym will lead to revitalised interest in one of Greenwich’s key parks.

By Matt Fricker