£57,000 Parkour facility in Grimsby up and running - and so are the youngsters who enjoy it!
THE next step is a Bond movie!
That was the vision for a generation of young Grimsby people who are stuntmen in the making thanks to the area's first parkour park.
Scores of young fans of the sport relished the chance to spin, somersault and step up on the new £57,000 park in the town's Duke Of York Gardens.
It was officially opened by the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Mike Burton, who watched the spectacular display of parkour by members of Team Reality, along with his wife and mayoress, Audrey Burton.
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Among the first to experience the fun first hand (and feet) was Humberside Police and Crime Deputy Commissioner, Paul Robinson.
More familiar with mountain biking, Mr Robinson showed he had the agility to do some precision steps from the bollards onto a low-lying concrete wall.
"It's great fun," he declared, after several attempts at his first parkour lesson.
He praised the partnership between waste recycling fund Wren, Humberside Police and North East Lincolnshire Council, who each contributed towards the scheme. He said: "This is something that is specifically for young people. It gives them a focus and a challenge. The most important aspect is that it is their project. The young people contributed towards the design."
Portfolio holder for housing and well- being Councillor Ros James said: "In future they will not be getting in the way of other people here and jumping on bits of equipment that could do themselves damage.
"From a health and safety point of view it is something completely different and good for North East Lincolnshire as it is the only one within an 80-mile radius.We really do have some stuntmen in the making."
NELC health promotion officer Adam Johnston said: "This has been two years in the making and has given us the chance to take it from our indoor venues to the outdoors.
"We wanted to give people something with a bit more direction."
The parkour park was built by Freemove, a national company specialising in parkour parks.
Managing director Marcus Reader said other communities throughout the UK where a parkour park was built had enjoyed a 30 per cent reduction in crime and antisocial behaviour among young people.