Parks and greenspaces across Dundee are playing host to hundreds of fun, free activity sessions as ParkLives returns to the city for a third year. Thousands of Dundonians can take advantage of the growing outdoor and urban fitness craze which is sweeping the nation for free. 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.
Consultation with local communities has led to new activities being introduced including boxing sessions at the bandstand Magdalen Green. These are a combination of boxing and fitnes and a great stress busting activity to suit everyone who wants to enjoy boxing training. It is one of the most effective forms of cross-training available. Combining both aerobic and anaerobic energy systems, it also enhances hand-eye co-ordination, balance and timing.
Also new this year is Powerhoop, Stretch & Tone, Archery, Running Fitness, Pram Walking and a Dads and Kids group. The sessions are designed to appeal to everyone, regardless of ability or experience. The programme has been devised following three successful years of ParkLives in the city. The new timetable will run until Sunday 1 July and sessions last for around 1 hour.
Lisa North Health & Wellbeing Officer at Leisure & Culture Dundee said
“For a third year, the people of Dundee are going benefit from the ParkLives programme right on our doorsteps. It’s a great opportunity for us to enjoy our local parks, meet new people or spend quality time together as a family. Whether that’s learning some new skills, such as boxing or relaxing with lunchtime yoga sessions- 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. “
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, Nicky Deuchar from Dundee will be leading some ParkLives sessions in 2018.
He said: “The great thing about ParkLives is that it is so accessible for everyone. I’ll be running boking, tabata, circuits and running sessions which I’m really excited about. I want to help people get into the great outdoors and active, which is sometimes difficult, and whatever their ability show them how good and fun it is to be breathing fresh air, stretching their legs and meeting new people. 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.
ParkLives runs in nine cities nationwide this year 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.
More details about the sessions, times and locations can be found at www.facebook.com/ParkLivesDundee