Parkour park set for The Walks in King's Lynn
- 8 September 2012
- From the section Norfolk
A bespoke Parkour course is to be built at The Walks park in King's Lynn.
The project has been developed by the King's Lynn Free Runners (KLFR) and West Norfolk Borough Council.
A KLFR spokesman said: "The park is going to be suitable for people of all abilities and we hope that people will come along to see our skills."
Planners have said the Parkour course, costing £90,000, is thought to be one of the biggest in England and should be open by mid-October.
Parkour athletes - also known as free runners - cross urban landscapes by vaulting, leaping and climbing, using the skills of strength, balance, co-ordination and speed.
Stephen Evans, 20, from KLFR, said: "Nobody liked the idea of having something built for people to jump off but we got together as a group.
"We said to the council 'Look, we keep getting told off by the police and to move on, so if you don't want us to be in trouble build us a place'."
Borough councillor David Pope said: "Parkour is becoming increasingly popular with young people and at the moment there are few bespoke facilities around for them to practise their sport.
Jonny Tembo, 18, part of the nine-strong KLFR team, said: "Parkour is a really good social thing and it keeps you fit, you need a lot of balance and strength. It's also really challenging mentally.
"You'll be looking at a big jump or flip and you can get a mental block, but once you do it it's such an amazing feeling, a great achievement."
Councillor Elizabeth Nockolds added: "Parkour is an exciting and thrilling sport to watch. I hope it will encourage people to take up sporting activities as part of a healthy, active lifestyle."
In readiness for the opening of the new park, a series of classes are being held at the King's Lynn Discovery Centre from the 22 September.