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Kingsway Park & Morven Park, Kirky in Ashfield


Site: Kingsway Park Parkour Training Facility

Site Address: Kingsway Park, Hodgkinson Road, Kirkby-In-Ashfield, NG17 7DJ

Client: Ashfield District Council

Date Installed: December 2011

 

Site: Morven Park Parkour Training Facility

Site Address: Morven Park, School Street, Kirkby-In-Ashfield, NG17 7BT

Client: Ashfield District Council

Date Installed: December 2011

 

The council was approached by a group of local traceurs regarding the possibility of installing a designated Parkour facility in early 2011.

Not knowing anything about the sport, the Landscape Team at Ashfield District Council were looking for inspiration and ideas and met Freemove at Playfair 2011. Following a demonstration and a chance to experience free running for themselves Freemove and the council progressed the project.

Shortly after Playfair Freemove went to Nottinghamshire to meet the group of local traceurs to discuss ideas and concepts for the new facilities on the parks (at no cost to the council) as part of the consultation and tender process.

The discussions were extremely productive and enabled the traceurs to understand what was possible in terms of designing and building a facility. As part of the tender submission Freemove presented a concept to the traceurs which both they and the Landscape Team found extremely useful when it came to understanding the design and scoring the tender submission.

Freemove were awarded the contract.

Installation went ahead despite challenging December weather and faltering light conditions and was completed within the impressive two day time frame stated within the tender submission which was no mean feat given the large crane required to lift and move the heavy blocks.

The facilities opened on the 21st December and provided local traceurs with an early Christmas present.

Since opening, both facilities have been well received with traceurs travelling from far afield to use them. Both facilities have been selected as venues for competition events as part of Ashfield District Council's Extreme Active Ashfield Games which will take place in the run up to the Olympics in the summer.

William Kent - Landscape Architect, Ashfield District Council



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