North East Lincolnshire’s parks will be among hundreds of parks across the country taking part in Love Parks Week 2023.
The celebration will take place from 28 July to 6 August, bringing together local authorities, green space managers, landowners, residents and community organisations to celebrate and support our fantastic green spaces all across the country.
It comes as North East Lincolnshire Council is investing £800,000 to refurbish and upgrade 26 play areas over the next few months.
New swings, balance beams, spinning bowls, springers, accessible roundabouts and swings, zip wires, slide and climbing multi-play units, seesaws, podfits, and other fun equipment.
Among the most exciting things arriving in the area are new cutting-edge Teqball tables.
As a new activity, the Teqball tables are thought to be one of the first of its kind to be installed in public parks in our region.
Teqball is an up-and-coming sport played on a specially curved table that mixes football, volleyball and table tennis.
It is becoming increasingly popular thanks to videos of footballing royalty playing the sport circulating on social media.
Famous players post videos of themselves playing Teqball in their gardens and some of the most successful clubs in the world, such as Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City, have Teqball tables at their training grounds.
Videos featuring star name footballers including Ronaldinho, Neymar, David Beckham, Jack Grealish and Lionel Messi playing the sport are viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media.
The sport originates in Hungary and its inventors are campaigning for it to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
Cllr Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:
“Love Parks Week is a great time to celebrate all the wonderful parks and play areas we have in North East Lincolnshire.
“People love spending their time in their local park and we are investing hundreds of thousands of pounds to improve them so more people can have fun being active and playing outdoors.
“This is the biggest investment in our parks in a decade. We want more children to have the facilities where they can be safe, active and enjoy playing outdoors.”
Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, added:
“The Love Parks campaign would not be possible without the backing of our local authority partners, including North East Lincolnshire Council, park managers and landowners.
“This week is an opportunity for everyone to recognise the value of our parks and green spaces for communities, health and wellbeing, and to encourage groups within our communities that may not think of parks as a space for them to visit.”
This year’s campaign is made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Love Parks Week
Lovel Parks in an annual national campaign run by Keep Britain Tidy. This year’s campaign, between 28th July and 6th August is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The campaign is a chance for the public to celebrate and support the best of our green spaces. Find out more about how you can get involved at keepbritaintidy.org/loveparks.