Anyone inspired to emulate the stars of the Olympic 100 metre final last weekend need look no further than their local park in Leeds.
In order to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games, running tracks of various lengths have been marked in 19 community parks across the city to offer people of all ages the chance to be active and recreate the track heroics of runners Jessica Ennis and Christine Ohuruogu.
The temporary tracks have been created by Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside service to encourage people into their local parks over the summer and also to show how parks can provide the perfect setting for a range of activities including exercise and improving fitness.
The tracks can be found at Potternewton Park, Banstead Park in Harehills, Scott Hall Playing Fields, Springhead Park in Rothwell, Wetherby Ings, Manston Park in Cross Gates, East End Park, Harehills Park, Garforth Recreation Ground, Middleton Leisure Centre, Cross Flatts Park in Beeston, Holbeck Moor, Hunslet Lake, Scatcherd Park in Morley, Pudsey Park, Calverley Park, Horsforth Park, Armley Park and Wharfemeadows in Otley.
Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:
“They say the best ideas are the most simple and these running tracks offer a great way for people to be inspired by the stars of London 2012 and recreate their efforts in their local park in Leeds.
“Parks offer a fantastic venue for people to get fit in great surroundings, so we look forward to seeing people of all ages making use the tracks in the coming weeks and who knows this may even set an athletics star of the future on the path to Olympic glory.”
For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472