In Mansfield, we found our strongest partner in the City Parks and Recreation Department. One of parkrun USA’s newest event, Mansfield Ohio parkrun, completed its 14th event this past Saturday with a total of 174 runners participating to date. The process to start parkrun started about two years ago, but accelerated as the Manager of Parks and Recreation for the City of Mansfield, Mark Abrams, was engaged in the process.
Mark was brought into early conversations and planning, and he quickly committed the Parks department to funding the start up costs for Mansfield parkrun. He was able to see the benefit of bringing parkrun to one of the City parks, and in being part of the early parkrun growth across the US. The reasonable cost of the program and attention that would be given to the City also enabled him to gain administrative approval to support the program. Mark and his department are always looking for activities that will bring people to the parks and offering a weekly run was an attractive new opportunity. The volunteer structure of parkrun also meant that the Parks Department would not need to provide staff or oversight, another plus for tight budgets. Already Mark believes that parkrun has been well worth the investment for the City. It has brought many people to the park, and many who might not normally come to North Lake Park. Mark is very pleased with the start we have had in Mansfield and is confident that parkrun will only continue to grow.
Thank you, Mark, and the City of Mansfield, for your support!
All around the world, we’ve seen over 28,000 unique volunteers in the parkwalker role and they’ve parkwalked over 52,000 times! We speak to one of the parkwalkers, Cathy Hannon, about why she chooses to volunteer in her favourite role every Saturday morning. Cathy’s chronic condition means that parkwalking is the best option for her, she relishes the…
All of the talk around the barbecue during Memorial Day weekend had to do with our huge record breaking weekend at parkrun USA. We welcomed 3,204 runners and walkers to 61 different events from Biddeford to Bainbridge Island. Whether it was your 1st or 101st parkrun, we hope to see you back throughout the summer….