Parks Week focuses on health and wellbeing for all ages

Strap on your shoes and put on a hat to enjoy a family outing at activities marking Parks Week across Toowoomba from March 4-12.

Strap on your shoes and put on a hat to enjoy a family outing at activities marking Parks Week across Toowoomba from March 4-12.

Toowoomba Regional Council Parks and Recreation Services portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said the week was a perfect chance for residents to join sessions promoting health and wellbeing.

Cr Ramia said Parks Week was an initiative of New Zealand Recreation Association and Parks and Leisure Australia that was designed to connect people with their neighbourhood parks and open spaces through a campaign focussed on fitness and improving general health.

“Council has partnered with community groups and individuals who are keen to spread the word about the benefits of an active lifestyle to create more than 50 activities for Parks Week,” Cr Ramia said.

“There is an activity for everyone with sessions for children covering soccer and BMX riding, general exercise and self-defence classes, walking groups, organic gardening and dog obedience sessions.

“The week also ties in with several major events including the Milne Bay Military Challenge, an outdoor movie night showing Embrace in Queens Park and the 2017 Oceania Continental Mountain Bike titles at Jubilee Park.

“Starting with the free Parklust event on Saturday, March 4 from 7-9am, residents and visitors are invited to join Toowoomba parkrun regulars in a 5km walk/run around Queens Park, followed by a yoga class and meditation session.

“People who plan to participate in the yoga session need to bring a mat.

“On the same day, visitors of the non-human kind will make a bold appearance at the park. Dinosaurs, dragons, fairies and felines will come to life in a digital fantasyland designed to entertain the young and the young at heart.

“Titled Magical Parks, the augmented reality game can be accessed in Queens Park via smartphones and tablet devices by downloading the free Magical Park app from March 4 to 20. 

“Toowoomba’s parks have a long and rich history which can be discovered on a signed history trail that enthusiasts can follow to learn more about the interesting details over the years. Look for the signs marked Parks of Past.

“Residents are invited to join the friendly Heart Foundation Walking crew for a walk around Queens Park from 9am on Saturday, March 11. This will be followed by morning tea at Cobb & Co Museum in Lindsay Street. Bookings for this event are essential.

“The week’s activities will culminate with Parklust Health and Wellbeing Day from 8am to 3pm on Sunday, March 12 at Queens Park.

“This magical day of health and wellbeing will include yoga, tai chi, meditation, dancing and fitness sessions, Zuu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, art classes, massage, kids’ activities, mindful colouring and a range of other activities, along with inspiring workshops and a variety of coffee and food stalls.”

For a full list of Park Week activities and to book for the Cobb & Co morning tea, go to www.tr.qld.gov.au/parksweek

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