Fancy yourself as the next James Bond? Ealing Council is inviting residents to come along and try out the borough’s first designated parkour area at a special event next week.
The Lammas Parkour Park will officially open on Friday 15 September.
Parkour is about trying to get from one point to the next in the fastest and most efficient way possible and will be familiar to most people from action films like Casino Royale and Prince of Persia.
The launch event, which is taking place from 4pm on Friday 15 September, is a chance for anyone to take part in free training sessions run by parkour professionals.
The council partnered with specialist sports organisation, Parkour Generations, to consult with the community and found a lot of support for the creation of a parkour facility.
Councillor Polly Knewstub, cabinet member for thriving communities, said: “The opening of this facility is another example of us listening to residents to find out what facilities they would like to see in the borough, and then working with them to make it happen. Parkour is one of the fastest growing sports in this country and a great way to get outside, stay healthy and enjoy our green spaces. It’s also incredible to watch!
“We’re keen to continue encouraging greater participation in all types of sport and improving our sporting facilities.”
While there are already 2 well established and successful skatepark areas in Ealing, until now, there haven’t been any parkour facilities.
Members of the public helped design the parkour area, including ensuring the use of natural materials to blend the facility into the park settings.
Lammas Park was Ealing’s first park, bought by the council in 1881. It was originally agricultural land and was called Lammas because that was the name given to the day (1 August) from which land that had been harvested could be used for cattle grazing. The park was opened to the public on 1 August 1883.
It is one of a record 26 local parks in the borough that have been awarded Green Flags this year.