Who's for junior parkrun?

Published on: 28 Oct 2016

PLANS to get children exercising at Page Park have been given the thumbs up from both residents and the Friends' group.

South Gloucestershire Council has been consulting on proposals to hold a junior parkrun from 2017 at the 19-acre green space. The proposed course would start at the Clocktower and head towards the perimeter at South View. Children would then run two loops and return up the main central avenue for the finish.

The scheme would form part of parkrun UK, an international voluntary network which works with communities to organise weekly parkruns in open spaces across the UK. If given the go-ahead the free 2km parkrun would take place each Sunday at 9am and would be open to all children aged four to 14 and their parents or carers.

There are already junior parkruns at Little Stoke, Windmill Hill and Kingsweston House, with another planned for Eastville Park.

The Friends of Page Park gave the scheme their unanimous support at their meeting in September and since then the council has been seeking the views of the wider community and park users.

The authority says the potential benefits include increased activity for children and their parents and is a great way of bringing people together. It also says the parkruns would support the cafe being built at the park and may bring fresh support for the Friends' group.

The council believes parking problems would be minimal. Its consultation document says: "Most participants for junior parkruns are local (because it is held early and is such a short run) so anticipated parking issue are minimal though these and other aspects of managing the runs would be reviewed accordingly by the volunteer run directors working in close partnership with the council and Friends' group."

Many residents have visited the Friends' Facebook page to express their support, with more than 70 people 'liking' the proposals.

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