On Saturday 20th May, Dundee residents are being invited to put their best foot forward and celebrate National Walking Month with ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ - a series of free walking activities hosted by ParkLives, Leisure & Culture Dundee and Dundee City Council.
The fun will begin from 8am until 10am at Camperdown Park and will see ParkLives teams joined by representatives from Dundee Healthy Living Initiative to promote the benefits of walking in local parks and green spaces. Activities on offer, all completely free of charge, include a Mindful walk, Nordic walking and a Pram walk. The meeting point is Camperdown Wildlife Centre.
Dundee is one of 10 cities nationwide taking part in the ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ initiative at the weekend, which will see a series of walks hosted in cities from Dundee to Southampton throughout the Saturday.
Graham Wark, Head of Leisure & Sport at Leisure & Culture Dundee said: “There’s supposedly nothing easier than a walk in the park, but in reality so many of us don’t take advantage of walking through the amazing green spaces we have in our city. Through ParkLives’ ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ we hope we can inspire more people to explore their local park, and discover the enjoyment you can have on a walk outdoors.”
Sarah Gear, ParkLives session leader, said: “Walking is a great way to keep active and to meet new people, but is also hugely beneficial to your overall wellbeing. Even a short brisk walk in the park can help to dust off the cobwebs and help you think more clearly. I love hosting my weekly Mindful walking session at Slessor Gardens and hope lots of people will join us on our ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ in Camperdown Park this Saturday.”
Susan Dye, Community Health Nurse at the Healthy Living Initiative said: "We're really happy to be working with Leisure & Culture Dundee and ParkLives to deliver a pram walk as part of 'One Big Walk'. Our aims are to improve physical as well as mental wellbeing and walks like this can help reduce social isolation in a really fun way. We would encourage everyone to get out and about at Camperdown Park and enjoy the company of others on Saturday."
Now in its second year in Dundee, 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 Leisure & Culture Dundee and Dundee City Council and are designed to help to bring communities together and improve wellbeing.
Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “We offer so many activities through ParkLives, but you really can’t beat a good walk in the park! Whether you take a stroll to relax, bring the dog with you, or take on a challenge like Nordic walking, a walk in the park can be good for the mind, body and soul. We hope that our ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ initiative helps more people in Dundee – and people across the country – enjoy walking in their local parks more often.”
To join ParkLives One Big Walk in the Park, visit www.parklives.com to book a place, or simply turn up on the day.