Parks across Dundee are set to play host to hundreds of fun, free activity sessions as ParkLives returns to the city for a second year, doubling in size with 14 new parks included as part of the city-wide programme. Delivered by teams from Leisure & Culture Dundee and Dundee City Council in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain, ParkLives sessions help local parks come to life with activities that bring communities together and improve wellbeing.
Taking place daily in 20 parks and green spaces across Dundee including Slessor Gardens, Magdalen Green, Ardler Village Green, Camperdown Park and Castle Green, activities will range from tennis and yoga, to Family Fun and bootcamp and are designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of ability or experience.
The programme has been devised following consultation with local communities within the city, and will see new activities such as Nordic walking, antenatal fitness, couch to 5k and skiing taster sessions feature on the timetable this spring and summer.
The fun starts during the Easter holidays on Monday 3 April with a programme of activities across the city including family fun, antenatal fitness, Nordic walk and family tennis ‘taster’ sessions, which last for around an hour. More details about the sessions, times and locations can be found on www.parklives.com.
Graham Wark, Head of Leisure & Sport at Leisure & Culture Dundee said:
"Thousands of local residents will benefit from ParkLives again this year. It's a great opportunity for people to enjoy their local parks, meet new people or spend quality time together as a family. Whether that's learning some new tennis skills, enjoying a family taster skiing session, or relaxing with a bit of yoga - there's truly something for everyone.
"ParkLives is great fun, we see a lot of friendship groups forming and plenty of smiling faces after each session, but it also plays a serious role in helping to improve the wellbeing of people in our city. In 2016, we had more than 2,000 attendances in ParkLives sessions, with many of those taking part living in some of the city's most deprived areas*.”
Sessions last for around one hour and are hosted by trained, friendly and passionate leaders and volunteers from the local area. Activities are group-based, and everyone can go at their own pace.
Session leader, Michelle Mackay from Dundee will be leading ParkLives sessions over the summer. She said:
“The great thing about ParkLives is that it is so accessible for everyone. This year we have increased the number of parks involved in the programme so we’re able to bring free activities to so many more communities across Dundee. I’ll be running my couch to 5k session at lunch times in Slessors Gardens, the new civic space in the heart of the city, which I’m really excited about. I want to help people get away from their desks, which is sometimes difficult, and whatever their ability show them how good and fun it is to be active and outdoors. I can’t wait to get ParkLives in Dundee started again this year.”
ParkLives is part of a £20 million commitment by Coca-Cola Great Britain to invest in community-based programmes.
Now in its fourth year, ParkLives runs in 10 cities nationwide as well as reaching many more locations through a partnership with StreetGames, the long-standing charity partner of Coca-Cola Great Britain that brings sports and activities to the doorsteps of disadvantaged communities across the UK.
Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain said:
"It’s brilliant to see ParkLives going from strength to strength in Dundee as more and more people get involved. This is really a testament to the fantastic team of local session leaders and volunteers helping people to try new activities, make new friends and discover the wonderful green spaces they have on their doorstep. With even more activities on offer this year, and all still completely free of charge, we hope that even more people will join in and spread the word.”
To save a space at a free activity, and check out a postcode-led local activity finder go to www.parklives.com
*Source: ukactive, March 2017