The UK’s newest #ParkourPark launches today, Monday 3rd August 2015, 11am Avenue Park, Cranford, Hounslow.
Our facility development partners Natural Sports worked with Sébastien Foucan, local traceurs & the London Borough of Hounslow to develop a brand new state of the art Parkour Park. The design incorporates elements which allow basic movements and low level jumping as well as a higher level of technical challenge that ultimately allows practitioners of all levels of ability to connect Balance, Jumping, Vaulting, Lache and climbing, through the various movement techniques. The activity stations emphasise the importance and practice of fundamental movements.
Sébastien Foucan designed the obstacle course, which will be one of the centre-pieces at Avenue Park in Cranford, with members of the public being offered free taster sessions. Thanks to a £150,000 facelift by Hounslow Council, the much-loved Avenue Park in Cranford now boasts:
- a purpose-built Parkour Park
- a 10-station outdoor gym
- a multi-use games area for five-a-side football, basketball, netball and more
- two revamped tennis courts
- rugby posts
- a top-class full-size football pitch
The launch will include demonstrations and instructions from experienced coaches, who will show attendees how to get the best from the equipment, and tours of the park facilities.
Councillor Ed Mayne, Cabinet Member of Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “We’ve transformed Avenue Park to provide top-notch sports and exercise facilities plus a range of exciting new activities. No doubt it will attract visitors from far and wide but it is a place that will nurture new, local sporting talent too, so it really is a fantastic place for local people to enjoy.”
Sébastien Foucan said: “I am very pleased to see west London’s first outdoor Parkour/Freerunning facility open. This facility is a big plus for anyone who is interested in my discipline and all of the people who want to find a new way of moving their bodies. Freerunning is about expressing yourself and challenging mental barriers. I hope residents enjoy Avenue Park and congratulate Hounslow Council for seeing that people ofall ages need to have playtime. I would love to see many more of these built throughout London.”