Parks across Glasgow are set to play host to hundreds of fun, free activity sessions as ParkLives returns to the city for a third year.
Delivered by teams from Glasgow Life 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 more than 13 parks and green spaces across Glasgow, including Kelvingrove Park and Victoria Park, activities will range from Tai Chi and powerwalking, to basketball and bowls, 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 couch to 5k, den building, dog walking and ultimate frisbee feature on the timetable this spring and summer.
The fun starts this week (Monday 3rd April) with ‘pop up in the park’ taster sessions that will offer a range of fun family activities, which last for around an hour. More details about the sessions, times and locations can be found on www.parklives.com.
Stephanie Greenhorn, ParkLives Programme Manager at Glasgow Life 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 archery skills, enjoying a family frisbee session, or trying your hand at den building - 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 7,000 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, Carol Ramsey from Glasgow will be leading ParkLives sessions over the summer. She said: “In Gaelic, Glasgow means ‘dear green place’ and it’s easy to see why! The great thing about ParkLives is that it encourages people to take advantage of the beautiful parks and green spaces our city has to offer. I know life get busy sometimes, but it’s important to take time to relax and feel the breeze on your face and the grass beneath your feet. This is my second year running yoga and Tai Chi as part of ParkLives and I’m excited about doing these sessions again. I'll be at the pavilion at Kelvingrove Park every Saturday morning and look forward to welcoming lots of new faces 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 Glasgow as more and more people get involved. This is a real 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