Love Parks Week

Love Parks Week

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Love Parks Week is the perfect reason to get outdoors and enjoy the summer.

We’re celebrating all that parks have to offer, so why not visit your local park during the campaign to show what it means to you?

This year's Love Parks Week runs from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 July 2018.

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Ten Park Facts...Did You Know?

  • 91% of people believe that public parks and open spaces improve their quality of life.
  • A brisk walk every day, in your local park, can reduce the risk of heart attacks by 50%, strokes by 50%, diabetes by 50%, fracture of the femur by 30%, colon cancer by 30%, breast cancer by 30% and Alzheimer’s by 25%.
  • Air quality, air temperature, water and flood management, are all kept within manageable limits because of parks and green spaces.
  • The more often a person visits urban open green spaces, the less often he or she will report stress-related illnesses.
  • Outdoor play and adventure can increase levels of physical activity and fitness, activate higher cognitive processes and healthy brain development.
  • Elderly people who have close access to a place where they can relax and enjoy nature, show significantly greater satisfaction with where they live.
  • The number one ranked issue for good parks and public spaces is that they give a sense of community.
  • Owners of small companies rank recreation, parks and open spaces as the highest priority in choosing a new location for their business.
  • Over 10% of the population choose to use their local green spaces daily.
  • Over 50% of us visit a park at least once a week, to improve physical - and mental - health, to enhance our closest relationships, to chill out, to interact with our communities and to have a good time.