Do you love your local park?
Half of the UK population visit a park every week, a tenth of us visit daily making approximately a total of 30 million people visiting a park every year.
Bolton has a myriad of terrific parks to choose from. It would be impossible to talk about them all here, so here’s just a selection.
Moss Bank Park isn’t just a park with slides and swings, it has animal world too, with guinea pigs, peacocks and more. Jumbles Country Park has added extras too, with a café and visitors centre. It is set around a reservoir, as is Moses Gate Country Park. Youngsters love to feed the ducks, whilst those looking for something more lively can enjoy cycling, running, horse riding and more.
Smithills Country Park and Haslam Park are set in acres of woodland and is truly beautiful to walk round. Lever Park in Rivington is magnificent but for a different reason, it is located in the remains of Rivington Pike, Lord Leverhulme’s Gardens and Liverpool Castle.
Leverhulme Park has an athletics stadium attached to it. Budding athletes can run round the running track, jump over the pole vault and more. On Sunday July 7th thousands of ladies will descend on Leverhulme Park for the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Queens Park has recently been redeveloped. Bolton Hospice are holding a Party in the Park on Saturday 13th July. At this event there’s stalls and entertainment to suit all the family. Barlow Park is another stunning park in Bolton.
There are many benefits to visiting a park. It can reduce the risk of illnesses such as cancer, heart attacks and Alzheimer’s, boosts psychological and mental well-being and decreases the risk of developing stress related conditions.
Love your park week runs between 27th July and 4th August. Greenspace are also asking people to rate their park so they know you’re using it during this week, or at any other time of year for that matter.
Let us know which park you’ll be visiting in the comments.