Sunday 26/12/2021 07:06:00 PM

Department of Community Development, ADSC launch 'Active Parks' initiative to foster healthier lifestyle in Abu Dhabi

The Department of Community Development (DCD) in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) along with the municipalities of Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain city, and Al Dhafrah region, and Community Management Department – Al Dhafrah Region Affairs, will launch ‘Active Parks’, a brand-new community fitness programme designed to encourage citizens and residents to participate in regular exercise and pursue active, outdoor lifestyles by leveraging the emirate’s diverse array of public parks and urban green space in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra.

Active Parks initiative is central to DCD’s ongoing efforts to promote sports and physical activity across the community.

Running from 30th December, 2021, to 26th January, 2022, in 12 parks and urban spaces across the Emirate, the four-week fitness participation and educational programme will see dozens of qualified instructors lead communities through more than 380 free-to-attend sessions for anyone aged 15-years-old and above.

Mohamed Helal Al Balooshi, Executive Director of the Strategic Affairs Office at DCD, said, "In line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to build and nurture an active community committed to practicing sports, DCD and Abu Dhabi Sports Council are actively cooperating to foster an expansive and fully-regulated sports ecosystem across the Emirate. Our newest collaborative initiative, Active Parks, is a strategic platform which aims to cultivate healthier and happier lifestyles and stronger social communities by encouraging the pursuit of regular fitness regimes in the abundant green spaces in Abu Dhabi’s world-class integrated infrastructure."

Talal Mustafa Al Hashemi, Executive Director of ADSC's Sports Developments Sector, added, "The Active Parks programme is an inclusive initiative that is open to everyone in the community. The objective is to increase regular exercise by providing structured free-to-attend classes led by a team of qualified coaches. We do not want people to feel out of place, or overly conscious, which is why we are rolling out a dedicated schedule of activities to cater for a range of abilities across parks in their own communities."