The Council hosted an event to launch Coventry on the Move in Parks' outdoor gym in Stoke Heath Sports Ground, as part of an initiative to encourage more people to get active in our parks and green spaces.
The Council has invested in 44 parks and open spaces throughout the city with new paths, activity routes, distance markers and new signage since March 2018.
This has included launches of new paths and outdoor gym equipment around Stoke Heath Sports Ground, known locally as Morris Common, Caludon Castle Park, Quinton Park and Edgwick Park.
Brand-new gym equipment has been installed in Stoke Heath for phase two of the developments with a 1km run and walking route and eight marker posts installed in January 2018, to create more opportunities for residents to take part in physical activity for free and in their local communities.
Pupils, teachers and parents from Stoke Heath Primary School, which neighbours Morris Common, took part in the launch, walking the ‘pedometer path’ to get a feel of the new development, joined by Cabinet Member and Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Sport, Cllr Kamran Caan.
He said: "I am very proud to see our parks and green spaces being used to support the community to improve their fitness for free, getting outdoors and improving mental wellbeing.
"Looking after our health and maintaining a healthier lifestyle is important and this development will help encourage people to find a new way to exercise or just be more active in their local area.
“Cities and towns across the country are looking at ways to introduce more accessible means of physical activity and that’s why we are a great example of good practice here in Coventry.”
Parks Service Manager for Streetscene and Greenspace in Coventry, Michelle Tyrtania, said: "We are really pleased to have launched this development to Stoke Heath Park alongside the Council’s Public Health Team and we are looking forward to seeing communities take up more activities and get the best out of the greenspace and parks in their local area.”
Headteacher at Stoke Park Primary School, Louise Kelman, said: “This further development is a brilliant idea, especially as our pupils take part in lots of physical activity as part of the school curriculum. Encouraging more of the community to get outdoors in their local area is a great thing for Coventry.”
Further new notice boards, activity routes and distance markers have been installed across the city at sites including Longford Park, Gainford Rise, Willenhall Wood, Quinton Park and Dorchester Way.
Noticeboards display a map of the routes together with details of other activities that are going on in parks in Coventry.