24th Nov, 2017

Host of free activities at the Lickeys and South West Birmingham parks, thanks to Park Lives scheme

Tristan Harris 9th May, 2017 Updated: 10th May, 2017

A HOST of fun and free outdoor activities are taking place in South West Birmingham with the return of ParkLives.

The scheme, delivered by teams from Birmingham City Council in partnership with Coca Cola Great Britain, is back for its fourth year.

The programme has been planned and developed in co-operation with local communities.

Among the parks taking part are the Lickey Hills, Victoria Common and Ley Hill Park.

At the Lickeys there will be Teeny Explorers from 10am to 11.30am on Fridays and Tuesdays, Tai Chi from 10am to 11am on Sundays, Lickey Explorers from 11am to 12.30pm on Sundays and Learn to Nordic Walk from 10am to 11am on Tuesdays.

Victoria Common – behind Northfield Shopping Centre – will have Green Fit Baby from 9.30am to 10.30am on Fridays.

And Ley Hill Park Recreation Ground offers Zumba between 9.30am and 10.30am on Fridays, Green Fit Baby from 11am to midday on Mondays and a led walking group between 9.30am and 10.30am on Wednesdays.

Gaynor Roberts, ParkLives programme manager at Birmingham City Council said: “Thousands of Birmingham 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.

“ParkLives is great fun, we see a lot of friendship groups forming and plenty of smiling faces after each session.

“As well as getting people outdoors, it also plays a serious role in helping to address the social and mental wellbeing problems that many people face.”

Last year more than 85,000 participated in sessions across the city provided by ParkLives which Coca Cola invests £20million in to support community-based programmes.

Those wanting more information and to find activities near where they live should visit www.parklives.com and enter their postcode.

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