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Getting on the move in Coventry parks

Published Friday, 19 January 2018

Dozens of children are helping the Council in highlighting one of 44 locations across the city where run and walk markers are being installed in parks and green spaces.

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Dozens of children are helping the Council in highlighting one of 44 locations across the city where run and walk markers are being installed in parks and green spaces.

Stoke Heath Sports Ground, known locally in the area as Morris Common, now has a 1km run and walk path, which includes eight marker posts to help people know the distance they have covered, and get more physically active.

The scheme is being rolled out over the coming weeks in other areas of Coventry.

Residents of all ages are being encouraged to make use of the route whether they are a casual walker or a regular jogger.

Stoke Heath Primary School (which is next door to Morris Common) pupils, will be helping to launch the project on Friday 19 January. Each park or green space will include a map highlighting the route and notice board.

The marker posts form a route around a new path at the Stoke Heath Sports Ground.

Community groups will also be able to post notices and highlight events, health information and other activities in the local neighbourhood in the new notice board.

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council, said: "It’s surprising how much green space we have in the city and this development will encourage people to find a new way to exercise or just be more active in their local area. 

"We all need to look after our health and maintain a healthier lifestyle. This is a citywide scheme. It’s free, and it would be fantastic if it could encourage more people to get outdoors using their parks and green spaces, trying something different and meeting new people." 

“Cities and towns throughout the country are looking at ways to introduce more accessible means of physical activity. That’s why this is so important.”

Jeanette Hiatt, Head Teacher at Stoke Heath Primary School, said: “This is a great idea. Our pupils take part in lots of physical activity as part of the school curriculum and anything that encourages more of the community to get outdoors in their local area is a good thing.” 

Edwina Jones, local resident, added: “It’s an excellent opportunity for walkers and runners to organise activities individually or in groups. Having a notice board is also a good way of encouraging us to get people more involved in the local neighbourhood, by highlighting what’s going on.” 

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