Run by Keep Britain Tidy, Love Parks Week encourages everyone to get out, enjoy some fresh air and celebrate the important role that parks can play in the local community.
Throughout Love Parks Week, Glasgow residents can join in a variety of ParkLives activities such as parent and child yoga sessions family karate, cricket and ParkFit – a whole body functional weight workout for all fitness levels. On Tuesday 17th July at 12.15pm there will also be a family picnic at Bellahouston Park, following the parent and baby yoga session.
Sessions will take place across many local parks, including Victoria Park and Bellahouston Park.
All the sessions are designed to promote the wellbeing benefits of taking part in outdoor activities such as combatting loneliness and boosting confidence, as well as empowering local communities to help keep green spaces looking their best.
The ParkLives programme is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based schemes, with activities delivered by teams from Glasgow Sport. In 2017, more, than 12,000 Glasgow residents participated in the programme, which runs throughout the year.
Cllr David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said: “Love Parks Week is a reminder to us all to continue to use and support our local parks and recognise the local groups who work so hard to keep them safe and welcoming places for all of us to enjoy. I hope families from across the city enjoy the activities on offer throughout the week and are inspired to visit their local park more often.”
Deborah Grossman who will be leading the parent and baby yoga session at Bellahouston Park during Love Parks Week, said: “I’d encourage anyone looking for free things to do in Glasgow to come along and try a ParkLives session. They fit easily around everyone’s schedules and are a great way to meet new people and build confidence.
“I can’t wait for the parent and baby yoga session with my group at Bellahouston. Spending time in your local park is great way to get in some real ‘me’ time, enjoy the great outdoors and meet new friends. Without free access to local parks and green spaces, none of this would be possible. I hope the people of Glasgow will be showing support for their ‘dear green place’ during Love Parks Week, I know I will be!”
ParkLives runs in nine cities as well as reaching 37 more locations through a partnership with StreetGames - the long-standing charity partner of Coca-Cola Great Britain - which brings sport to the doorsteps of disadvantaged communities across the UK.
Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “With over 37 million people in the UK regularly using parks each year, it’s important that we support initiatives like Love Parks Week to encourage people to step up to protect and enjoy green spaces.
“Taking part in outdoor activities with others has proven to have a positive impact on mental wellbeing, encouraging communities to come together and make new friendships. We hope that more people in Glasgow will get involved in our ParkLives sessions and benefit from them.
“From netball and ParkFit to family karate and parent and child yoga, there’s a ParkLives session to suit everyone, no matter age or ability – and they’re all completely free!”
The ParkLives summer timetable is running throughout the summer months. To see the full range of ParkLives session near you, visit parklives.com to book a place, or simply turn up on the day.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Love Parks Week are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.
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