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Bede Park expands with new parkour and outdoor gym areas

Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016

A NEW outdoor gym and purpose-built parkour area will open at Leicester’s Bede Park this weekend.

The two new areas have been created as part of the expansion of the popular West End park, following the council’s purchase of a disused plot of land next to it.

They will open to the public on Saturday (Sep 24).

Members of JUMP Parkour – a Midlands-based parkour and free running coaching organisation – will be giving demonstrations on Bede Park’s new free-running area and offering tips and advice from 2-6pm

Ward councillor and assistant city mayor Sarah Russell said: “Bede Park is already very well-used and having this opportunity to extend it and offer more recreational land in the ward is fantastic.

“Installing a new outdoor gym and free-running area will further boost the popularity of the park and provide important fitness facilities that people can use for free.”

The new free running facility was designed by JUMP Parkour and built and installed by Parkour UK partners Natural Sports. It is intended to be suitable for complete beginners and experienced parkour enthusiasts.

Dan Timms, senior coach at JUMP Parkour and elected director of Parkour UK, said: "To have a facility designed with input from local practitioners is a dream come true for us.

“This site will provide a hub for people to meet and train, as well as a platform for us to run outdoor sessions in a central location. It will also provide a window for the public to see how parkour is practised and how it can provide massive health, fitness, and confidence benefits."

Bede Park’s new outdoor gym is the eleventh to be installed across the city. The facilities include similar equipment to that found in an indoor gym, but with no membership fees to pay.

The £240,000 Bede Park expansion project is being paid for entirely from pooled Section 106 developer contributions for the Westcotes area.

A final phase of work – to create an attractive new barbecue area with associated seating and planting – is due to be complete by early November.