Work on Salisbury's new parkour stalls

Work on Salisbury's new parkour stalls

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:51am 28th August 2019.

There's been a setback for the new free running facility at Churchill Gardens.

A ground breaking ceremony was held at the park back on May 21st and it was hoped the equipment would be up and running in time for the summer holidays.

For the last few weeks though the equipment has remained fenced off and there's been no sign of work.

A spokesperson for Salisbury City Council has told Spire FM there's been a "delay over parts" and that "it's hoped installation will begin within the next few weeks."

The facility, with a price tag of £50,000 will give fans of free running the chance to practice the sport in a safe environment.

As well as the City Council, Wiltshire Council, Sport England and the Landfill Trust have supported the project.

WHAT EXACTLY IS PARKOUR?

Parkour is a sport that developed in France in the 1980s with the idea to run, leap and climb from one point to another in the most efficient way.

In 2017 it was officially recognised as a sport in the UK.

Parkour UK describes the sport as a physical discipline in which participants "move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body" 

HOW SALISBURY'S PARKOUR MIGHT LOOK:

Churchill Gardens Salisbury Parkour Plans (Wiltshire Council)
The facility will cater for all ages and abilities.

Once the park is completed, there'll be an official opening event, and coaching sessions laid on with fully qualified coaches to help young people in Salisbury get the skills they need to make best use of the facilities.

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