Ealing’s first dedicated parkour facility opens

Image above: Opening of the parkour facility at Llamas Park

Council say demand for parkour is high 

The first dedicated parkour facility in Ealing has officially been opened, drawing the attention of local youngsters who were eager to demonstrate their parkour skills. Councillor Polly Knewstub, Cabinet Member for Thriving Communities, presided over the opening of the Lammas Parkour Park on Friday, 15 September.

Parkour is among the sports with the fastest-growing popularity in the country and has been featured in action films such as Casino Royale and Prince of Persia. The young people who turned out for the official opening had the opportunity to try out their skills, guided by professional parkour trainers.

Cllr Knewstub commented:

“I’m pleased to see the turnout of young people and families at the parkour park’s opening. This facility is the result of our efforts to listen to residents’ requests for amenities in the borough and collaborate with them to make it happen.

“Parkour’s growth in popularity offers an outdoor activity that promotes well-being and allows people to enjoy our green spaces. It’s also quite captivating to watch!”

Ealing already boasts two well-established and successful skatepark areas, but until now, it lacked parkour facilities, though part of the attraction of parkour to youngsters has always been that it was not a managed sport. The thrill of doing it was partly the complete lack of safety checks as people jumped from one wall to another.

Members of the public played a role in designing the parkour area, ensuring the use of natural materials to blend the facility seamlessly into the park environment.

Lammas Park, Ealing’s first park, was purchased by the council in 1881. Originally agricultural land, it was named Lammas because it was the time (1 August) when harvested land could be used for cattle grazing. The park opened to the public on 1 August, 1883.

Ealing Council is pleased to report that this year a ‘record-breaking’ 26 local parks in the borough were honoured with Green Flags, recognising their well-maintained status as green spaces.