Manchester’s parks will host more than a thousand fun and free activity sessions this year as part of a scheme to get city residents up and active in their community parks and green spaces.
Manchester City Council has teamed up with Coca-Cola Great Britain to bring ParkLives – a programme of free and fun activities delivered in parks by dedicated instructors – to the city.
The aim is to encourage as many people as possible to join in the free sessions, which start soon at seven major parks including Heaton Park, Platt Fields Park, and Chorlton Water Park, and run throughout the year.
The programme is designed to appeal to all ages and abilities and will offer a range of sports, games and activities from tennis to Zumba.
Alongside traditional sports like cycling and cricket, there will be plenty of more unusual fun activities to try, including Buggy Bootcamp – a fun session for mums and tots and bush craft. A full list of activities will be available at www.parklives.com.
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure said, “We’re always looking for ways to help more people keep active and this series of activities is designed to be fun, accessible and open to all abilities. I’d encourage everyone to give it a go.
“Manchester’s parks are at the heart of our local communities and these new free sessions are not only a way for residents to get more exercise but also a great excuse to socialise and enjoy some of our wonderful open-spaces.”
ParkLives launched last year in Birmingham, Newcastle and the London Borough of Newham and following that success is expanding to include Manchester and Nottingham. It is part of Coca-Cola Great Britain’s commitment to invest £20m between now and 2020 in programmes to encourage and support one million people to be more physically active.
Liz Lowe, ParkLives lead at Coca-Cola Great Britain said: “ParkLives is all about bringing communities together to enjoy fun, free activities in their local green spaces.
“It’s an opportunity to get out there and try something new with your friends and family, having fun and being active in the great outdoors.
“Manchester’s parks are going to be buzzing with activity all summer and I hope it will inspire people to join in as many sessions as they can.”
All ParkLives sessions will be free and led by a trained session leaders.
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About ParkLives in Manchester
The ParkLives programme is designed to help people in Manchester be a bit more active by removing barriers such as cost, location and travelling distance – and by providing a sociable, friendly and welcoming atmosphere to try out a variety of different activities for all ages and abilities.
Activities will take place in the following parks:
Heaton Park, Bury Old Road, M25 2SW
Wythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe Road, M23 0AB
Platt Fields Park, Wilmslow Road, M14 6LA
Alexandra Park, Russell Street, M16 7JL
Boggart Hole Cloughm Charlestown Road, M9 7DH
Debdale Park, Hyde Road, M18 7LJ
Chorlton Water Park, Maitland Avenue, M21 7WH
About Coca-Cola Great Britain
Coca-Cola Great Britain is responsible for marketing 19 brands and over 100 products to consumers across Great Britain. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognisable brands, our company portfolio includes Fanta, Sprite, Dr Pepper, Oasis, glaceau vitaminwater, glaceau smartwater, Schweppes, 5 Alive, Lilt, Kia Ora and Powerade. For more information about Coca-Cola in Great Britain, please visit our website at www.coca-cola.co.uk.