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New Zealand Parkour Park Criticized

The Parkour Park that was built recently in New Zealand is being criticized by local practitioners as unsafe, unsuitable for the sport, and bad for joints. 






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 Traceur Wayne Procter said the "slippery" acrylic paint on the equipment meant it was impossible to do tricks with confidence.

Fellow enthusiast Tim Hamilton  said landing on the rubber area was putting more stress on their joints than landing on concrete.

According to Mr Hamilton the "playground" was good only for complete beginners and they would rather it was not known as a parkour park.

Manawatu's representative for the NZ Parkour Association Joseph Lowcay said the problem with the park was that it had to comply with playground safety standards.

"With the safety standards it can't be a parkour park - it's just a playground."

He also had issues with some of the materials used.

"For some reason the council decided to use anti-graffiti paint on some of it, which is extremely slippery.

"It certainly brings in an element of danger."

Palmerston North City Council leisure officer Nicki Hanna said it was a youth park aimed at the 13+ age-group and was never designed to be a proper parkour park.

Australian parkour star Ali Kadhim was involved in the marketing and opening of the park, but the council did not expect the sport's elite to get much benefit out of it, she said.

"We weren't targeting that equipment at the real gun parkour users.

"They had their ideas of what they needed and it was clear very early on in the process that they were very different to what we needed.

Ms Hanna said there was room to expand the park in future if council budgets allowed for it.

According to the city there had been no concerns or complaints made about the slipperiness or safety in the park. 

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