Park Life.

 

Yaz – Portrait.

 

The title sums it up perfectly, like I’ve discussed in previous posts [1] & [2]. I try and pop over to the Parkour park as and when I can to watch people train and get some photography in the process. I’ve taken many images and it feels good to be out of the house and in the fresh summer air we’re having of late, a recent addition to the area was a workout park which was built directly next to the Parkour park about a month after it was created. At first glance it doesn’t look much, but it’s good to have there and equally for the people that use it. I’ve sampled quite a few others which are located in and around Nottingham. I do think the pull up bars here are better than other ones I’ve sampled from other located which have a square backboard  near the bar or directly below it which gets in the way with such motions as muscle ups. However, this one is a pole which branches out into three different heights for pull ups and slanted slightly. Though like all the bodyweight workout parks I’ve experienced they are all easy to use and I feel the equipment should have been made tighter to make things difficult. Though if that was the case they might not get used as much for that reason, seeing as most people hate to put in hard work.

Once again when summer approaches it means there has been a few departures within the Nottingham community, people leaving to go to university in different parts of the UK and even people coming to the end of their university course here and returning back to their home towns. Zane and Will being one of those people returning back home, another person who has left us is Yaz who got a surprise job in Dubai. He uprooted and left to live and work over there, it has been a pleasure training with him and getting to know him over the years, plenty of blood and sweat had been shed here. As nice as it is to meet new people, unless they decide to stay for the long haul its very likely once term time is up you won’t see them again in the future. Stefano and Jake are two others who are set to leave Nottingham for University in different cities, the cycle remains the same, people come and go so in theory once one person leaves they are respawnedby another.

 

Elliot - Ice Cream.

 

Some familiar faces have started training again and appearing as regulars to the park, such as the legend that is David and even Kezza has started to come back out again. I think for most who love local or not too far from the park, it has become an ideal place to visit and train with others. Much in the same way people who live in the city centre like to train town all the time, though rarely if ever visit the park as of yet (whether that changes over time, I don’t know). I can see the pros and cons of both things, if the park had be located far away I doubt I would visit it that often either. For the ones who have visited the park they have had plenty of fun, got lots to practice and try. Many images, videos and challenges have been taken, set and uploaded which can be all found on the Parkour Park Page one of the ways people stay up to date on what is going off on the park and keep in close contact with other practitioners.

Sunday has fast become a regular park training day for many, since Phil first started training at the park Sundays and it seems to have remained a regular thing ever since. At times it feels like a kiddie park more than a training facility for the teens and more adult ones of us out there. I remember when it first got built it had signs stating it is for adults only and that kids should not use the park, though those same signs have since vanished. It all depends on the time of day you go and what the weather is like, some days it’s a ghost town with no one in sight all day. Other times it is completely rammed and you can’t move or train without nearly taking someone else out in the process. What I love is for both parks it’s brings people together and keeps them active, the amount of positive feedback people have had from the public is great. It’s good to see kids, teens and parents alike trying some of the Parkour moves out too, it just goes to show you are never too old to practice. A great example is the 47 year old freerunner video [3] which shows anything is possible regardless of age and societies perception.

I know as summer comes to an end and we hit the autumn training will become less at the park due to the cold, darkness and rain. Until then I’ll make full use of going out and getting as many images as I can.

 

Will – Lache.

 

Will – Lache Cat.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

Phil – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

David & Phil – Portrait.

 

Jp – Kong Cat.

 

Yaz – Kong Precision.

 

Yaz – Contemplation.

 

Kezza – Back Tuck.

 

Elliot – Sideflip.

 

Elliot – Sideflip.

 

Yaz – Portrait.

 

Kezza - Kong Precision.

 

Jonathan - Portrait.

 

Kezza - Running Catleap.

 

Park Flooring.

 

Kezza - Webster.

 

Workout Park.

 

Kezza - Kong Precision.

 

Jake - Running Precision.

 

Kezza - Kong.

 

Parkour Park.

 

Yaz's Watch.

 

Brandon - Portrait.

 

Jake - Portrait.

 

Yaz - Portrait.

 

Brandon - Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

David – Portrait.

 

Yaz – Pole Swing Precision.

 

Phil – Dash Vault.

 

Yaz – Pole Swinging.

 

Yaz – Pole Swing.

 

Yaz – 180 Cat.

 

Phil – Kong Precision

 

Elliot – Sideflip.

 

Jp & Yaz – Portrait.

 

Kezza – Portrait.

 

Brandon & Kezza.

 

Jp - Swinging.

 

Kezza - Portrait.

 

Elliot - Ice Cream.

 

Kezza - Portrait.

 

Yaz - Portrait.

 

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