The Great Outdoors

North Yorkshire Sport have identified the great outdoors as one of our priority areas to tackle inactivity. North Yorkshire is blessed with fantastic natural assets and it is hard not to think of iconic destinations such as the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors, as well as Dalby Forest, the Natural Trust sites and the coast.

Of equal importance is the use of outdoor space more locally. Parks and open spaces, walking and cycling trails and even streets are more likely to be where our population experience the outdoors for physical activity purposes.

There are many benefits of being active in local parks and green spaces. Fields in Trust recent research 'Revaluing Parks and Green Spaces' shows the wellbeing associated with frequent use of local parks and green spaces is worth £34.2 billion per year to the entire UK adult population, and saves the NHS £111m per year based on reduction in number of GP visits.

North Yorkshire Sport are working to develop the concept of 'Active Parks' to explore how local parks can do more in encouraging individuals, families and groups to be more active.

In order to develop this work we are undertaking a short consultation with professionals, residents and interested parties to further develop the idea and understand people's views.

Once we have understood peoples views on the outdoors then we will look to develop and test the concept with any interested areas.

The consultation has now closed. The next steps are to evaluate the responses and to develop the next stage of our insight.

We will post any further updates here.

To find out more information please email