Stoke-on-Trent residents are being invited to put their best foot forward and celebrate National Walking Month with a series of free walking activities hosted by ParkLives and City of Stoke-on-Trent Council.
The fun will begin from 2pm at Festival Park on Saturday 20th May and will see ParkLives teams joined by volunteers from Closer to Home Walking Network host a one-hour circular walk, aimed at helping improve cardio vascular fitness, while exploring the park along the way.
The session is part of the ParkLives’ ‘One Big Walk in the Park’ initiative, which will see Stoke-on-Trent be one of 10 cities nationwide to host a series of walks throughout the weekend.
The session will be followed by a three-hour walkathon challenge around Westport Lake on 23rd May, and weekly social walks and history walks in parks across the city, including Tunstall Park and Longton Park.
Marie Jenkins, Health and Funding Development Manager at City of Stoke-on-Trent council 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 Stoke-on-Trent. We hope we can inspire more people to explore their local park, and discover the enjoyment you can have on a walk outdoors.”
Geoff Gater, Closer to Home volunteer, said: “Walking is a great way to keep active and to meet new people, but is also hugely beneficial to your overall wellbeing, helping to lift your mood and help you to relax. Even a short brisk walk in the park can help to dust off the cobwebs and help you think more clearly. I hope lots of people will join us this Saturday.”
Now in its second year in Stoke-on-Trent, 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 City of Stoke-on-Trent 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 a walkathon, 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 Stoke-on-Trent – and people across the country – enjoy walking in their local parks more often.”
To join ParkLives ‘One Big Walk in the Park’, taking place in Festival Park Saturday 20th May from 2pm, visit www.parklives.com to book a place, or simply turn up on the day. The meeting point is at the back of Morrisons car park, by the gate into Festival Park (ST1 5NY)
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