East Park will host the free, weekly 5km run every Saturday at 9am, starting on 9 November, and is open to people of all ages and abilities.
The volunteer led run will join 2 others in Wolverhampton – the Wolverhampton parkrun at West Park, which regularly attracts over 400 people of all ages every Saturday at 9am, and the Wednesfield Junior parkrun for 4 to 14 year olds which is run over a 2km course at Wednesfield Park every Sunday at 9am.
A successful trial parkrun was organised by representatives from Wolverhampton parkrun, Wednesfield Junior parkrun, parkrun UK and Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club at East Park in April, with people encouraged to register their interest in taking part in – and volunteering for – a weekly event in the future.
Following a very positive response, the new East Park parkrun will take place every Saturday over a fully marshalled 5km route. To take part, please meet by the bandstand. Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Parkrun is an amazing example of volunteer-led initiatives. The movement started 13 years ago in London and today there are over 650 parkruns and junior parkruns around the world, supported by nearly 20,000 volunteers.
"We are proud to already have two successful parkruns in Wolverhampton, at West Park on Saturdays and the junior version for children and young people at Wednesfield Park on Sundays. The introduction of the new East Park parkrun will enable people living in the east of our city to take part in exercise whatever their ability, and also make better use of their local park.”
For more information about the city's parkruns, please visit Parkrun.