4 Places to Do Parkour Around Vancouver

Penzer Park in Langley

Penzer Park. Photo: City of Langley

You’ve probably seen incredible parkour videos on Youtube of people running, jumping, rolling, and vaulting through urban spaces. While parkour started on the ramps and walls of cities, today there are lots of dedicated parkour gyms and training areas to practice. Check out these four places to do parkour around Vancouver.

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4 Places to Do Parkour Around Vancouver

Canada’s First Parkour Park Open Now in Vancouver

Photo Credit: THOR/Flickr

Photo Credit: THOR/Flickr

Vancouver is scoring a Canada-wide first with a public outdoor parkour space in Hastings Park as part of the 20 year multi-million dollar master plan for Hastings Park and the PNE. We spoke to Dave Hutch, park-board manager of research and planning to find out more.

How did the idea for Plateau Sports Park come about?

The idea was to transform the whole park into a series of connected open spaces and recreational amenities. In 2011 we began implementing the plan by going through a process of working with the community and identifying where people’s needs and desires were for activities. Empire Fields was already a sports field and we upgraded it to synthetic turf and a rubberised track. Plateau Park was envisioned as a place of active sport and recreation that would be complimentary to field sports. We were approached by a group of parkour practitioners who said, ‘Hey, they have parkour parks in Europe, could we do that here?’. How did you feel about the idea of a parkour space? When we sat down with them, first we had to understand what it was! There’s a sort of a view of parkour of that James Bond Casino Royale scene that everyone thinks of, but it’s much more than that, lots of people can do parkour: young kids, adults, men, women –many moves are done just a few feet off the ground, so we just needed to know what they required. Continue reading:
Canada’s First Parkour Park Open Now in Vancouver

Parkour! Outdoor Parkour Course Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: JB London | Flickr

Photo credit: JB London | Flickr

You might not know what parkour is, but Vancouver will soon have a park for it.

Popularized in France in the 1990s, parkour involves leaping, diving and tumbling off and between buildings and urban structures.  It combines elements of gymnastics, rock climbing and track and field and makes for some pretty spectacular YouTube videos.

Once seen mainly in action movies, like James Bond’s Casino Royale, parkour has apparently taken to the streets and earned a significant grassroots following here in Vancouver.  Now, to accommodate all the hardcore parkour going on, a new outdoor obstacle course is planned for Hastings Park, the area adjacent the PNE and Hastings Racecourse.

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