Active in Parks

Australia has some of the most beautiful and accessible outdoor spaces in the world, yet for every hour we spend on outdoor recreation, we spend over seven hours in front of screens watching television or accessing the Internet [1].

Active in Parks is a program managed by the People and Parks Foundation which works closely with community groups, schools, sporting clubs, not-for-profits as well as organisations like Parks Victoria to support you, your family, and your workplace to get active and connect with your outdoor spaces.

The program works collaboratively with health, community and parks agencies to increase physical activity in parks through targeted interventions, aiming to increase community health, build the value of parks and foster a commitment to conservation as well as advocacy for parks.

Sponsored by Medibank Community Fund, the People and Parks Foundation together with Parks Victoria, developed the Healthy Parks Healthy People 'Active in Parks' program as a pilot in Geelong, Victoria in 2011 with great success. In 2014 the program was expanded nationally to support a new approach to preventative health.

The Active in Parks program can help to:

– connect you to thousands of outdoor activities across Australia through our What’s on Outdoors database within the Active in Parks website

– give you ideas to get your family, school or workplace outside and active

– provide resources to help community groups and organisations to run Active in Parks programs 

Active in Parks now reaches over 100,000 people Australia wide through its recently concluded grants program, the Active in Parks website (featuring What’s On Outdoors), as well as our supporting partners .

To find out more about how you, your family, and your community can get Active in Parks, head to the Active in Parks website.


[1] Missing Trees: The Inside Story of an Outdoor Nation. Planet Ark, 2013