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Parks Activities - What's in it for the Community

Health Walks

Utilise parks and countryside sites to increase community physical activity levels, improve, general mobility and optimise opportunities for social gathering. Public Health have developed a patient referral scheme for patients initially in the catchment area of each park, this process will record the uptake, content and adherence to physical activity.


Multi-sport sessions include games such as: mini-soccer, rounders, cricket, fun athletics, parachute play time and much more. Coached sport sessions include as many of the National Curriculum based sports the parks facilities can allow. As the parks facilities are developed and improved, so will the parks range of activities on offer.

Outdoor Fitness Classes, “Bootcamps”

There has been an increase in interest recently for training outdoors, and the Council is approached by personal trainers to use Parks as outdoor gyms.
The Council recognises the importance of health and fitness to the wider community but also needs to ensure that high quality activities are delivered from our parks.
If you want to approach the Council about setting up outdoor fitness classes on our Parks the following fees and charges will apply. We also need to know that the right insurance is in place and providers are qualified to a certain standard.

Dudley Sky Ride local

Join us for guided bike rides around our beautiful borough, many of which depart from our parks and nature reserves. Find your nearest ride and book a place.

Parks Family Fun Days

These are parks held events that cater for all the family. Multi-sport sessions revolve around a programme of team game challenges. Bouncy Castles provide physical activity for those who are to young to participate and to provide a fun element to the day. Health walks, dance, drama and craft workshops provide physical activities in the parks environment, for those who are not sporty.

After School Clubs

Provide children with the opportunity to gain some skills in a variety of sports within the community parks, away from the school setting. Qualified coaches will offer a 6-week programme covering valuable core aspects of the chosen sports. This will optimise the parks usage and encourage increased community use.

Special Event Days

Will give the opportunity for people in the community to try new innovative ways of increasing their physical activity levels. These may include:

  • Specialised Dance

  • Drama and Fitness

  • Outdoor Pursuits.

  • Friends of Parks fitness days, involving biking & fun runs.

The Benefits

Parks are valuable as they are the most affordable and accessible areas for leisure and physical activity. Increasing the parks usage will enhance the parks visual appearance, your green spaces should be seen as an important out door leisure facility.

Parks Activities provide stimulating social interaction for people across the community, enabling physical activity to become habitual and enjoyable. The activity sessions provide the opportunity for both motor and cognitive skill development through enjoyable sporting experiences.

A chance for everybody within the community to receive quality guidance in increasing their physical activity levels.

The Activators programme will provide ways to improve community involvement in Health and Environmental Projects by encouraging you to:

  • becoming a volunteer Friend and supporter of Parks

  • a Volunteer Walk Leader

  • or participating in the Community Sports Leader Award and assisting in coaching opportunities.

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Contact Details

Parks Development Team, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, west Midlands, DY2 8JW
Telephone 01384 816991
Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, offices closed at weekends and Bank Holidays

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