Thousands to enjoy free activities in city parks

By on 01/04/2015 in News

ParkLives will be bigger and better in Birmingham this year, with hundreds of fun and free activity sessions aimed at getting thousands of Brummies up, active and socialising in their local parks.

The free programme, from Coca-Cola Great Britain and Active Parks Birmingham, proved so popular that it is returning for a second year in 2015.

This year ParkLives includes over 80 fun and informal activity sessions each week designed for people of all ages and abilities and is being rolled out with the help of Friends of Parks groups to more than 60 community green spaces including Sheldon Country Park and Cotteridge Park.

The fun starts with nine pop-up Parks for the Easter holidays, with lots of free activities at Edgbaston Reservoir, Summerfield Park, Ward End Park, Sparkhill Park, Cannon Hill Park, Balsall Heath Park, Kings Heath Park, Sutton Park and Handsworth Park.

A full timetable of the spring and summer activities – including a postcode park finder – can be found at where people can register and save a space at the sessions they choose.

The ParkLives team has asked the people of Birmingham what activities they would like to see on offer. So, as well as traditional sports such as Tennis and Football, there will be plenty more unusual activities to try, like Nordic Walking and Green Fit Baby. Many of the sessions are aimed at beginners, so there really is something for everyone.

For the non-sporty there are a number of conservation sessions, including Lickey Explorers, while the more adventurous can get stuck into canoeing and rowing at Edgbaston Reservoir.

Louise Elliott, who has taken up running in Cofton Park thanks to ParkLives, said: “This week I ran 10km – I’ve only every driven that far before! I’m now aiming to maintain this level of fitness – it would be a shame to retreat to the sofa after everyone’s effort to get me to this remarkable goal.”

Brian Hewitt, who attends a weekly conservation session at Kings Norton Nature Reserve, added: “Whether it’s breaking up the grass or piling it up, dead hedging or other jobs, it’s all useful exercise and very worthwhile.”

Sessions are generally an hour long and are held throughout the week. Every session is free and is led by a trained activity leader supported by Friends of Parks groups and community volunteers.

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.

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 a chance for anyone to come and try a few of these activities which take their fancy – come  by themselves, bring friends or make some new ones – there should be something for everyone, whatever their age or ability.

“Birmingham’s parks are going to be buzzing with activity all spring and summer and with the fact that it’s all free, we hope it will inspire people to join in as many sessions as they like.”


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About ParkLives in Birmingham

ParkLives activities will take place in the following parks:

Park Address
Ackers Trust Golden Hillcock Road, Small Heath B10 0DQ
Aston Park Aston B6 6HR
Balaam’s Wood Public Open Space New Street Frankley B45 0BH
Balsall Heath Park Birchwood Crescent, Balsall Heath B12 8BN
Billesley Common Yardley Wood Road, Billesley B13 0PT
Bloomsbury Park Nechells B7 5BD
Bromford N&S POS Hodge Hill B35 7AF
Calthorpe Park Pershore Road, Edgbaston B5 7NZ
Chamberlain Gardens Monument Road, Ladywood B16 8JL
Cofton Park Lowhill Lane, Longbridge B45 8UN
Cotteridge Park Franklin Road, Cotteridge B30 2HN
Daisy Farm off Maypole lane, Maypole B14 4QQ
Edgbaston Reservoir 115 reservoir road, Ladywood B16 0EN
Fox Hollies Park Shirley Road, Ackocks Green B27 7EG
Gilbertstone Recreation Ground Manor House Lane, Yardley B26 1PF
Handsworth Park Holly Road, Handsworth B20 2RS
Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields Kitchener Road, Edgbaston B29 7ND
Kings Heath Park Vicarage Road, Kings Heath B14 7TQ
Kings Norton Park/Playing Fields/ Local Nature Reserve West Hill Road Kings Norton B38 8TW
Ley Hill Recreation Ground Cremorne Road, Sutton Coldfield B31 1PN
Lickey Hills Country Park Warren Lane, Rednal B45 8DX
Manor Farm Park 389 Bristol Road South, Northfield B31 2AB
Mansfield Green Albert Road Aston B6 5NH
Moonlit Park and Sunset Park Attwood Green B15 2BL
Muntz Park/Selly Park Recreation Ground Raddlebarn Road, Selly Park B29 7DA
Norman Chamberlain Playing Fields / Shard End No.6 Playing Field Pithall Road, Shard End B34 7PT
Perry Hall Playing Field Perry Hall Avenue B42 1RP
Selly Oak Park Gibbons Road, Selly Oak B29 6SS
Sheldon Country Park Ragley Drive, Church Road Sheldon B26 3XN
Small Heath Park Small Heath, Yardley B10 0LP
Summerfield Park Dudley Road, Soho B16 0EU
The Ring / Enderby Park Witton Lodge, Perry Common B23 5BD
Tile Cross Recreation Ground Tile Cross Road, Kitts Green B33 0LY
Twickenham Public Open Space off College Road, Kings standing B44 0AJ
Walkers Heath Park Walkers Heath Road, Kings Norton B38 0AU
Ward End Park Washwood Heath Road B8 3LS
West Heath Park Redhill Road, West Heath B31 3PB
Hamstead Pavilion Hamstead Hill B20 1BX
New Hope Park Eyton Croft, Nechells B12 0YT
Turnberry Park Trehurst Avenue, Perry Barr B42 2PU


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