Active Parks makes a major impact on Abu Dhabi

Classes were available across the emirate.

Did you get involved with Active Parks in January?

The get active initiative headed by the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi (DCD), in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), saw hundreds attend 380 free-to-attend classes in 12 parks and urban spaces across the emirate.

Featuring an array of fitness classes, led by expert coaches, including Zumba, RunFit, Bootcamps, CrossFit, Yoga, and dedicated sessions for People of Determination, the month-long programme attracted participation from children as young as 12, people of all different ages, demographics, and fitness levels, and enjoyed high-level support from dignitaries and Government ministers.

Curated to promote a healthy society, promote the benefits of physical activity, and help community members overcome challenges that hinder their adoption of sports, Active Parks was exactly what the Abu Dhabi community needed, according to the expert coaches and fitness enthusiasts who embraced the initiative.

British coach Jamie Chadwick who led the final CrossFit session at Khalifa Park 3 said: “I saw people making new friends and comfortably communicating with each other even while wearing masks and respecting the social distance measures – that was really nice.

“We’ve all gone through lockdown, it’s been a tough time for everyone, so, for people to be out there making friends and enjoying fitness together, it’s very important to everyone and their mental health.

“I loved coaching so many different people from different nationalities and levels of ability, with everyone coming together as a community in the open air It was fantastic.”

Active Parks took place throughout the month of January in Madinat Zayed and Al Marfa National Park in Al Dhafrah Region; Al Jahili, Al Wadi and Al Towayya Parks in Al Ain city; and Khalifa City Park 3, Sheikha Fatima Park, Dolphin Park, MBZ Park, Khaleej Al Arabi Park, Electra Park and Al Shamkha Park 4 in Abu Dhabi city and surrounding areas.


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