Policy & Publications

Preserving the Free Use of Public Parks

The FSEM (UK) supports the use of public parks as a free community asset for people to enjoy physical activity, sport and recreation, whether individually or in organised groups.

Local authorities supporting the availability, to the public, of regular physical activity groups in parks will help more people to meet the CMO physical activity guidelines.

The availability of free and low cost physical activity, via organised community groups in public parks, is an important resource for GPs and healthcare professionals to sign-post to their patients.

An example of this is Generation Games which provides opportunities for older people (aiming at some of the hardest to reach groups) to become and remain physically active. This project has been led by an SEM Consultant.

The availability and use of public parks is essential to support more local models, like Generation Games, which are making a real impact on public health.

Read the FSEM (UK) full response to the Running Free UK Government consultation