Saturday, April 16, 2011

Parkour parks opening in London, Sao Paulo, and LA

So for those of you that might not be following the Parkour Generations website, I wanted to publicize a bit of great news for the parkour community. 

Parkour Generations, in collaboration with the City of Westminster, will be opening the "world's largest parkour park" early this summer.  The park, to be called LEAP (London Experience of Art du Deplacement and Parkour) has been in the planning stages for a while now, and despite the usual bureacracy and municipal red-tape that a project of this size involves, it now looks like it's finally on schedule to be finished.

Photo courtesy of Parkour Generations.
Photo courtesy of Parkour UK.
 While I'm sure that there will be some debate over the title of "world's largest parkour park" it does show the growing trend of parkour-specific training facilities being opened.  Tempest Freerunning recently opened a pretty amazing-looking indoor facility called the Tempest Academy in California a few weeks ago, and Sao Paulo will be home to the first parkour indoor training facility in Brazil in less than 2 weeks (I'll be there, so actual pics to come). 

I'm not going to go into the merits of park training vs. "street training" in this article (I'm saving this topic until I've been to Denmark), just wanted to spread the good news.

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