|During last few years, more and more city parks, including ecological parks and sports parks, have played an important role in inspiring people to keep in touch with nature as well as physical and mental health. [Xinhua]|
LANZHOU, China, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — Pushing her two-year-old baby boy in a stroller through the greenery of a sports park, Zi Aijuan, a 28-year-old mum with two kids, went for a brisk walk to work out.
Zi lives in Baiyin city along the Yellow River near Jinling Park of northwest China's Gansu Province.
"It took me less than 10 minutes to get to the sports park," Zi said, adding that there are several parks that are easily accessible downtown.
During last few years, more and more city parks, including ecological parks and sports parks, have played an important role in inspiring people to keep in touch with nature as well as physical and mental health.
Last October, the local government started building a sports park next to Jinling Park, which includes an 8-a-side soccer field, two basketball courts, a hard court and several badminton courts.
The sports park was put into use in August this year, and has become an essential part of Jinling Park.
Hao Jie often plays soccer with his friends in the sports park.
"I'm so glad that I can play soccer in such a beautiful field," Hao said, adding that he and his teammates can enjoy the comfortable conditions and the friendly atmosphere within Jinling Park after a game.
Ten different parks with fitness equipment have been built in Baiyin City over the last few years.
"It takes someone in Baiyin city less than 15 minutes to find a fine park to do exercise, " Liu Hong, director from the Administration of Landscape Management of Baiyin City, said.
With the upgrade of sports facilities in different parks, more and more people have ventured out of their home and taken up exercise in Gansu Province.
A statistic from the Administration of Sport of Gansu Province showed that about 9 million people in Gansu participated in sports events and activities last year.
"We will make rational use of the vacant places in the parks in the future. And we plan to build various fitness facilities and create a 15-minute fitness circle for all," Wang Xiangchen, director of the Administration of Sport of Gansu Province, said.
In the next five years, China plans to build or expand roughly 1,000 sports parks nationwide, according to a guideline issued by the State Council.
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