To combine world emoji day and parks week some of Swansea’s best-loved parks have been given a new look.
Big smiley faces – some with sunglasses, some with heart-shaped eyes – have been mown into the grass at a number of locations across the city.
Their appearance coincides with the UK-wide Love Parks Week, World Emoji Day and a host of free fresh air activities run for the public by Swansea Council’s ParkLives team.
Swansea Labour’s Council Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism Robert Francis-Davies said: “People around the world use emojis every day so it’s a great idea for Swansea to celebrate World Emoji Day and Love Parks Week by getting active and healthy.
“Our parks staff are working hard to create smiley faces which will offer a friendly new welcome to parks visitors.
“I urge residents and visitors to spend some quality time in one of our wonderful parks and to take part in our activities.”
Swansea’s ParkLives programme, incorporating Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend, offers free activities in local parks and open spaces.
Launched in the city two years ago, it gives locals the chance to join thousands of people across the UK taking part in fun outdoor activities.
Giant emojis will appear in several parks with ParkLives activity during Love Parks Week including:
- Victoria Park, near the Guildhall – circuits sessions from 12.15-1pm on Tuesday and Thursday;
- Parc Williams, Loughor – parkour fitness sessions from 5-6pm and 6-7pm on Wednesdays (advanced booking required);
- Parc Llewelyn, Morriston – mountain boarding session from 9.45-11am and 11.15am-12.30pm on Sunday.
There will also be many other activities for people to enjoy during Love Parks Week, including yoga, multi sports and companion cycling. A teddy bears’ picnic for families, organised by Swansea Council’s Early Language Development Team in association with ParkLives, is due to take place on the National Waterfront Museum green on Friday, July 20.
To see the full range of ParkLives sessions near you and to book your places, visit www.swansea.gov.uk/parklives