A whole host of fun, free activities ranging from family fishing and Nordic Walking to Tai Chi and lunch-time boot camps, are taking place in Manchester parks during this year’s Love Parks Week.
The sessions, hosted by ParkLives and Manchester City Council, will also include ‘net-walking’ meetings, lunch-time boot camps and the creation of a ‘memory tree’ at Fletcher Moss Park
The annual Love Parks Week (14 – 23 July) is an initiative run by Keep Britain Tidy which encourages communities to show their support and appreciation for their local parks. In Manchester, there are more than 160 parks and green spaces, ranging from the largest green gems such as Heaton Park and Wythenshawe Park to much smaller local green spaces.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: “Love Parks Week is a reminder for us all to continue to enjoy and support our local parks and to recognise the people, such as Parks Friends groups, who play such a fantastic role in promoting their much-loved local green spaces.
“With a wide range of activities on offer, I’m sure that families from across Manchester will be inspired to visit their local park and enjoy the activities on offer.”
Margaret Cooper, a regular participant at the ParkLives Health Walk session held in Clayton Vale Park, said: “My time spent in my local park is real ‘me time’. I’ve been attending the weekly health walk sessions and honestly can’t get enough! I’ve met new friends and realised how much I enjoy being outdoors; without free access to local parks and green spaces, none of this would be possible. I’ll definitely be showing my support during Love Parks Week.”
Now in its third year in Manchester, ParkLives runs in 10 cities nationwide and is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based programmes. Activities are delivered by teams from Manchester City Council and are designed to help to bring communities together and improve wellbeing.
Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “Local parks play such an important role in the physical and mental wellbeing of communities. For some, they are a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, for others they offer the chance to enjoy fun activities, learn new skills and meet up with friends.
“The ParkLives sessions we host in Manchester are designed to help local people make the most of their city’s great outdoor spaces, whether that’s relaxing with a spot of Tai Chi in the park, joining a walking group or getting active with a Zumba session. There’s something for all ages and abilities in the programme, so if you haven’t joined us yet, Love Parks Week is a great time to start!”
To join ParkLives Manchester sessions, visit parklives.com to book a place, or simply turn up on the day.