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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Young people from across East Anglia attended the grand opening of King’s Lynn’s new £90,000 parkour park, giving it a resounding thumbs up.
Made with concrete blocks and steel bars, the new addition to The Walks may not look much to the untrained eye.
But parkour group the King’s Lynn Free Runners (KLFR) spent weeks working on the final design with West Norfolk Council and contractor Freemove and the finished park will finally give local enthusiasts somewhere to practice.
“Before we used to try to find places around town to go,” said coach Jamie Finney. “There are people here from Hunstanton, Norwich, Cambridge, Ely and London and there’s plenty of space for everyone.
“The final design is great. Now we can all show each other what we can do and try to help each other out with moves. It’s very friendly and we all get along.
“Parkour a great discipline, great exercise and can be exhilarating.”
It is hoped parkour park - the second largest in the country and East Anglia’s largest- will encourage more people to have a go and the KLFR team will soon be offering coaching sessions.
Parkour particularly appeals to teenagers and the skills involved are not dissimilar to those used by gymnasts – strength, balance, co-ordination and speed.
“The park will be the perfect place to teach people, so we’re looking forward to welcoming new members to our club and training here,” Jamie, 20, added.
“People are often interested in what we do so I think The Walks is an ideal place - whether people want to watch or fancy joining in, we’ll be happy to meet them.”
The official opening was carried out by deputy West Norfolk mayor Garry Sandell yesterday (Saturday) and there were awe-inspiring demonstrations from the KLFR members.
Councillor David Pope, cabinet member for assets, said: “We didn’t really have anywhere appropriate for outdoor parkour and as it is becoming so popular, we felt it should be something we cater for.
“The facility means there is, for the first time, bespoke, free to use equipment for this exciting new sport.”
The park was funded by West Norfolk Council, the West Norfolk Partnership and WREN. Visit www.klfr.co.uk for more information.