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Our Parks to remain free for third year running

Fun fitness and sport sessions in parks and open spaces are to remain free for the third year running after the Council secured funding to continue supporting the popular ‘Our Parks’ programme.

This means residents can carry on enjoying bootcamps, box fits, buggy fits and many more activities without having to pay a penny.

The summer programme takes place in parks across the borough and anyone can take part whether they train regularly or want to start exercising more.

Waltham Forest resident Ruth Fenton said: “I am so pleased to hear Waltham Forest Council has continued to fund Our Parks.

“I’ve been using Our Parks since being diagnosed with diabetes and it has been so important for me to exercise regularly. As conditions like diabetes become more and more prevalent it is important for fantastic services like Our Parks to have the support of the borough.

“I absolutely love all the exercises classes I join weekly – the service is fantastic – and the opportunity to use our gorgeous local parks in lots of different ways is crucial.

“I went to an Our Parks class recently in Lloyd Park – from the William Morris gardens to the back playing fields, the whole park was filled with people exercising, socialising and playing.”

Aside from the obvious health benefits, the scheme gives people the chance to exercise outside for free, and the social element of meeting new people is an attraction for many.

Council Leader, Chris Robbins, said: “Waltham Forest Council was the first local authority to pilot Our Parks two years ago, and in that time we’ve had more than 6,400 local people register to take part.

“Its success has been fantastic to see, and we’re proud to be able carry on funding the programme so residents can continue enjoying it free of charge.”

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