With over 140 council-owned parks and open spaces in Hertfordshire - how many have you visited?
Throughout July ParksHerts is encouraging people to explore one of the many parks in the borough, with daily inspiration about where you can visit using the hashtag #TryANewParksHerts.
So, whether it's to let the kids run about, to walk the dog, relax in nature or to exercise, ParksHerts will help you find your perfect park.
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Health, said: "We have lots of beautiful parks and open spaces across the borough. We want to encourage people to explore wider and find out what our borough has to offer.
"Across the ParksHerts social media sites throughout July we are offering daily inspiration of council-owned parks and open spaces for you to visit across Hertfordshire. So, for free, fun days out during the summer holidays, visit ParksHerts for new ideas of places to visit."
ParksHerts contains information on Hertfordshire’s parks and open spaces to help residents make more of the county’s greenspaces by providing information about walking, cycling and running routes; historical and wildlife guides; activity trails; local events; maps and more.
“ParksHerts is so easy to use and a great website for local people. You can search for the perfect day out based on who is going, what they want to do and see, as well as the really important things like whether you can get a cup of tea! It also includes useful information about park facilities and accessibility, so you know what to expect before you set off,” adds Cllr Clapper.
ParksHerts was developed to provide consistent, accessible and good quality online information about the county’s parks and open spaces, as well as address the challenges of rising obesity levels and reduced physical activity within Hertfordshire.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Richard Roberts, said: “The minute we step in to a park we reap enormous benefits. Natural surroundings help reduce stress and tension and in just three minutes our heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension reduces. It also makes us feel happier, amps up our vitamin D intake, which is needed for healthy bodies, and can even help us age gracefully. Physical activity is a nature’s prescription; what better tonic is there to help us feel vibrant and healthy during Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity than exploring a new park?”
The website is compatible with mobile devices and tablets, so users can find out more about our parks whilst out and about. It can track users’ location, so people can find the nearest toilet, discover more about the history of the area or find a new route to explore on the move.
Visit ParksHerts today - www.parksherts.co.uk
– and find your perfect park! You can also like us on Facebook/ParksHerts, or follow us on twitter: @ParksHerts and Instagram: ParksHerts.
The initiative supports Hertfordshire's Year of Physical Activity, which is about getting people out and active, and coincides with Love Parks Week.
Posted on Tuesday 26th June 2018