Our Parks is coming to Ipswich

Published27th April 2021

The largest free outdoor fitness and online craze is coming to Ipswich in May.

To help local residents get fit for free, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council have teamed up with Our Parks to offer free fitness classes at Maple Park in Ipswich.

Founded by entrepreneur and fitness expert Born Barikor, Our Parks’ mission is to make exercise more accessible for everyone, getting people training together to support healthier and happier communities. After launching in London in 2014 where Our Parks now works with 30 boroughs running more than 300 classes a week, Born and his team have chosen Suffolk for their first multi-regional programme.

Our Parks sessions will support the work of Suffolk’s Most Active County partnership and the recent Keep Moving Suffolk initiative to encourage more Suffolk residents to get active.

The programme of weekly classes being offered will be suitable for all fitness levels and will start on 1st May 2021. All classes will be Covid secure, and classes are bookable through Our Parks’ at www.ourparks.org.uk

Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health said: “Over recent months the importance of being active for both our physical and mental wellbeing has never been more evident. I am delighted to be working alongside District and Borough councils to launch Our Parks in Suffolk, this will provide residents with a fantastic opportunity to come together safely and take part in regular exercise activities outdoors within their community at no cost. We know that being active helps us to be more resilient and contributes towards a happier and healthier life”.

Born Barikor, Founder of Our Parks, said: “We can’t wait for the next chapter in Suffolk. Suffolk is blessed with some beautiful parks and green spaces and diverse communities surrounding them which we’re keen to tap into and use them as an opportunity to get hundreds of people socialising through fitness within their community.

To find out more information about Our Parks, visit www.ourparks.org.uk.