Today, Coventry City Council hosted an event to launch Coventry on the Move in Parks in Caludon Park.
As part of our approach to supporting people of all ages and abilities to be physically active, in the last 12 months Coventry Public Health Team has invested in an infrastructure of distance markers in 44 parks and open spaces. The distance markers are accompanied by a map of the route in that park/ open space together with details of physical activities that are going on in parks across the City.
Pupils from Wyken Croft Primary School walked the new path route in Caludon Park to get a feel of the new development and were presented with certificates upon completing the trail.
Coventry Sports Foundation Wheels for all also provided a number of bikes at the launch for local councillors to cycle the route and highlight accessibility of the new paths and distance markers, especially for children and adults with disabilities and differing needs.
Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, Cllr Kamran Caan, said: "I’ve always had a vision to deliver directly to the people. This is a free way of getting fit and supporting the community. It's not just great for physical Health it's great for Mental Health and it's great for everyone. That's why my personal saying is "Changing People's lives for the rest of their lives.
Coventry on the Move has been an exciting initiative for our parks. It has so far enabled us to make better use of the vast green space we have in the city and we hope this will continue. It provides free and accessible means of support for people to take up physical activity outdoors.
The benefits of taking even gentle exercise outdoors are well known and we all need to look after our health and maintain a healthier lifestyle. This is a citywide scheme, 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."
New noticeboards have also been installed in the selected areas with maps of the new routes which people can use to run, walk or jog. The noticeboards will also include space for community news and developments.
Graham Hood, Head of Street Pride and Green Space at Coventry City Council, said: "We are really pleased to have launched this development to Caludon Park and we are looking forward to seeing communities take up more activities in their local outdoors areas.
"Public Health and the Parks team at the Council have been working together to bring this initiative to the city to make sure people get the best out of the greenspace and parks in their local areas."
There is more information about Coventry on the move on Coventry City Council’s website and there is also a Twitter and Facebook page dedicated to this scheme - @covonthemove.