Parkour fans jump for joy as exciting new sports facility opens in Salisbury
Parkour enthusiasts will soon be able to test their acrobatic and athletics skills at a new leisure spot in Salisbury.
Salisbury City Council in partnership with Wiltshire Council has been working on a project to develop a new parkour park in Salisbury.
The parkour park at Churchill Gardens will provide the community with a great opportunity to get outdoors, get active and healthier in a fun and social way.
The £50,000 parkour park has been funded by grants from Sport England Community Asset Fund, the Landfill Community Trust, Salisbury City Council and Wiltshire Council's Salisbury Area Board Community grant. The park is for all ages and abilities.
The decision to look at creating a new parkour park came after interest from a group of young people in Salisbury, who were keen on parkour but had no suitable sites to practise in the area. The idea of parkour is to go from one randomly chosen place or object to another as nimbly as possible. Typical parkour moves include jumping, overcoming and passing under obstacles, climbing and hanging, and some acrobatic moves.
An opening event will take place on Saturday 19 October at 1pm and introductory coaching sessions will be delivered in the coming weeks by fully qualified parkour coaches to provide the basic skills needed to use this new facility.
Local parkour coach, Kieran Coombes said: "This facility is an amazing addition to the city and the Salisbury Parkour community has been extremely excited for this park. It means that young people can take part in a safe and secure environment. We encourage people of all ages to come along and give it a go! Parkour is for everyone and I know the guys at the Kiwi Parkour club in Salisbury can't wait to start using it!
Salisbury Mayor John Walsh said: "A wonderful addition to our park and I'm delighted that Salisbury City Council were instrumental in bringing this to Salisbury"
Cllr Allison Bucknell, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Leisure said: "Parkour has really caught on in the UK as a sport which tests people's creativity and agility. I'm pleased as a council we were able to support this new facility which I'm sure will inspire many to keep fit and have fun at the same time."