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Active Parks Program in Brisbane

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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published August 17th 2015
Many activities, lots of locations, heaps of fun
Often the greatest challenge in leading an active life is simply finding others who also want to be active. This is where the Brisbane City Council's active parks program comes in. With activities in 50 different locations around Brisbane and on at all times of the day, 7 days a week, there is really no excuse to get out and be active with great organised by casual groups.

Courtesy of Brisbane City Council
Courtesy of Brisbane City Council


The activities include every imaginable age group from babies through to activities specifically for over 50s and pensioners. The types of activities can range from sitting in a park and meditating through to boxing fitness classes. There is canoeing, rock climbing and cycling.

Photo courtesy of Brisbane City Council
Photo courtesy of Brisbane City Council


Locations are everywhere. There are ones in the city suitable for people to do before heading off to work. There are evening and lots of weekend activities. Chances are there is one in a park within a short walking distance of where you live.

Most activities are free, though some have a small fee, others require that you book in advance. However most are just turn up and get involved.

Courtesy of Brisbane City Council
Courtesy of Brisbane City Council


Below is a taste of some of the activities that are available. They change all the time, so rather than provide a list of activities, dates and times, it is better to check out the Brisbane City Council's Active parks website.

Fitness

There are quite a lot of fitness programs, from low impact fitness through to weight loss challenges, fitness and boxing circuits. You can also do tai chi, yoga and Pilates.

Photo courtesy of Brisbane City Council
Photo courtesy of Brisbane City Council


Nature

There are a number of nature orientated activities. There are organised nature walks in places like the Boondall Wetland and in other locations around Brisbane. There are kayaking and canoe tours in some of the coastal creeks, such as Nudgee Creek. Though these are often very hard to get into because places are limited and people book early.

Boondall Wetlands
Boondall Wetlands


Kids & Families

Many of the activities are kid and family friendly. There are quite a lot specifically for kids and families as well. In particular look for the mini-sports activities that give kids a taste of different sports.

Courtesy of Brisbane City Council
Courtesy of Brisbane City Council


Dance

The Brisbane city council organises a number of dance activities around Brisbane. Other than Zumba, Most of them are not regular, so you have to keep an eye out for when they are doing the lessons. But so far I have learnt to waltz, salsa and foxtrot through active parks.

Active parks dancing classes at South Bank
Active parks dancing classes at South Bank


Try something different or new

There are also a number of different activities you can sample through active parks. For example, you can have a go at dragon boat racing, go rock climbing, make paper planes, skateboard or even meditate. The Active Parks program encourages people to try something for free or very cheaply, and then you can sign up for more advanced classes.

People trying dragon boating
People trying dragon boating


Beyond Active Parks

Many of the activities are organising by groups or businesses who are also promoting their programs. If what is being done by Active Parks is not enough for you, then you can sign up for more with those organisations. However most people are simply happy enough with the Active Parks activities and return every week.
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When: Activities from morning to night, 7 days a week
Where: 50 different locations around Brisbane
Cost: Most are free, some have a small fee
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