WHAT MAKES A GOOD PARKOUR SPOT?
Parkour training has always taken place in various surroundings, mostly in structures that are characteristic to urban spaces but also in parks, even in the woods. The best places are easily accessible, firm and have interesting structures that promote creative movement..
Why build parkour areas?
Well designed parkour specific environment can put together all the good qualities of a perfect parkour spot and add some extra factors as well. One of these factors is safety. Good parkour area is designed according to the safety standard. Material choices and equipment placing can highly promote the overall safety compared to street spots, while maintaining challenges that are essential to the sport.
Built parkour parks are placed away from distractions such as traffic or playgrounds filled with surprising elements that could lead to injuries while people train in the park. It’s also socially more acceptable to train in a parkour park versus street spots: you can jump, trick and fool around without disturbing others and possibly feeling stupid.
In it’s best a parkour area gives beginners an easy access to the sport and lures people intuitively create parkour-like movement. Inclined surfaces and differences in heights and distances make the basic training easier while diversity and variation keep up the interest and make experienced traceurs test their limits. Well designed areas are also not only suitable but really good for teaching the sport thanks to high safety and different degrees of difficulty inside just one park.
A big part of parkour phenomenon has always been the visual culture of photos and videos. The visuality of a parkour park can support this visual culture at it’s best. Good, exciting, original enough, street like looks can and will inspire practitioners visually.
A good parkour area like this can help different age and skill levels learn, meet and learn from each other and even create a community that foster the same idea of creative, lifelong moving.