Leicester 'free running' park opens

A £40,000 park designed for the sport of "free-running" - also known as parkour - has opened in Leicester.

The sport involves finding new ways of crossing urban landscapes by vaulting, leaping and climbing, is gaining popularity in the UK.

The money from the Youth Opportunities Fund was used to install bars, vaults and poles at the former recreation ground in Eyres Monsell.

It is the first parkour park outside of London, the city council said.

The park will be used by Leicester Parkour, a group of teenage free-runners, for training and other events.

Aaron Jackson, 17, of Leicester Parkour, said: "The park looks brilliant. We can't believe this is the first one of its kind outside London - and it's here in Eyres Monsell."

Councillor Vi Dempster said: "This park is a great example of what can be achieved when young people and youth services come to together to channel energy into an ambitious community project."

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