19 April 2017
It was best foot forward and a fairy tale come to life as the Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston, tried new walking trails at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park which will officially open to the public on Thursday 20 April.
Fairy tale characters including Red Riding Hood, the big bad Wolf and the Gruffalo will be visiting the south Belfast park on that day to encourage everyone, but particularly young families, to get into the fresh air and exercise.
Route one - the garden trail - is aimed at encouraging people to enjoy a gentle stroll.
Route two - the meadow trail is aimed at intermediate walkers and Route three is a woodland trail which offers a slightly more challenging experience.
Alderman Kingston said: “Parks are wonderful environments for getting healthy in a way that allows someone who perhaps hasn’t exercised in years to ease themselves into it.
”It is important that children in particular are encouraged to exercise – growing obesity levels among the young need to be tackled - and the fairy tale characters along with the face painters and balloon modellers will help make walking a fun activity for them.
“We hope to stimulate the children’s imagination so that each time they and their family come for walk they will discover new things in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon, one of our finest parks,” added the Lord Mayor.
More information on the trails can be found at www.belfastcity.gov.events