I did a post in the summer holidays about Parklives, the kids had a fantastic time read about it here. We do try to go to parks in every weather I know it can sometimes be off putting when the weather gets a bit chilly but a coat, hat and scarf will keep the cold at bay. I love how free activities now are happening at local parks to get kids active.
New research from ParkLives, a free activity programme which is being delivered by Active Park's Birmingham in partnership with Coca-Cola Great Britain, has found that almost one third of families in Birmingham struggle to think of activities they can enjoy together in local parks and green spaces.
Half (49%) of these families feel guilty about failing to use these local spaces to their full potential.
More than three quarters (77%) of local parents and grandparents recognise the park as a great location to bring families together. Yet the research shows that three in five families (58%) don’t think they make enough use of the park, with three in 10 (28%) saying they struggle to find inspiration for what to do there.
Launched in 2014, the ParkLives programme offers free and fun activities for families across the city, giving them new ideas for making best use of local green spaces. Half (51%) of families in Birmingham believe their park is the heart of the community, and the research highlights a great opportunity for families to spend more quality time together, with 72% of respondents claiming that being in the park with their family would make them happier.
Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “It’s no surprise to see just how valued local parks are to families within Birmingham. With the days starting to get shorter and the new school term underway, it’s really important that families stay active together whenever they get the opportunity – the local park is the perfect place to do this.
“We know it makes everyone in the family happier so it’s really important that we make parents and grandparents aware of the free activities – for all ages and abilities – going on right on their doorstep in Birmingham’s parks and green spaces.”
ParkLives is putting on free and fun activities in 43 local parks and green spaces every single week during the autumn, including Tai Chi in the snow and Winter Walks. The sessions, which are typically an hour long and all led by a local trained activity leader, are being held between 10am and 7.30pm every day.
A full timetable – including a postcode park finder – can be found at www.parklives.com, where people can also register and book to attend sessions.
ParkLives is part of Coca-Cola Great Britain’s commitment to invest £20m between now and 2020 in programmes to encourage and support people to be physically active.