Love Parks Week is launched
Love Parks Week is being celebrated in the Council's parks and green spaces across the district with a busy programme of events and activities.
Wakefield Council is supporting the Love Parks Week campaign which aims to raise awareness of the importance of parks, showcasing the benefits they bring.
Residents are invited to take part in the celebrations from July 24 to August 2. Activities including, bike rides, children's activity sessions, family fun days and walks.
This year children and adults can also enter a 'scrap book challenge' competition to win a year's membership of the National Trust. People are being asked to photo or video of themselves doing a challenges in one of Wakefield's parks or woods. They can enter as many times as they like before the end of August.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "We have lots of exciting events and activities taking place during Love Parks Week giving residents the opportunity to discover and re-discover their local park. The Wakefield district is home to award winning parks and open spaces.
"We hope as many people as possible take this opportunity to get outside this summer, use their local green spaces and promote pride in their local park. Our parks are also a fantastic way to get out in the fresh air and get active."
During Love Parks Week the Council is also offering special half-price watersports days,at Pugneys Country Park on: Friday 24 July, Wednesday 29 July, and Sunday 2 August. At Anglers Country Park, bikes are available to hire for just £2 an hour.
There is also a Pirate day at Pugneys on 1 August from 11.30 am to 4pm with pirate games, and a fancy dress competiton. There are many more activities.
For more information about the events on offer, the 'scrap book challenge', and to download the full programme visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/parks Or check out the Wakefield Parks and Countryside page on Facebook for updates. all year around.
2015 is a special year for the parks and countryside of Wakefield. It is the 30th anniversary of Pugneys Country Park, and the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Waterton – who was credited with creating the world's first nature reserve in Wakefield.