Youngsters jumping for joy over plans to revamp park

Parkour enthusiasts Ajonis Adan (13), Cabdale Adan (12), Mahamud Adan (13) and Attia Gabbar (16) at Edward Street flats play area
Parkour enthusiasts Ajonis Adan (13), Cabdale Adan (12), Mahamud Adan (13) and Attia Gabbar (16) at Edward Street flats play area
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A fitness craze has really taken off in a Sheffield community – leaving youngsters literally jumping with joy.

Parkour, sometimes referred to as ‘free running,’ is originally a French physical discipline using effective and efficient jumps, vaults, climbing and swinging to conquer obstacles.

Enthusiasts, known as ‘traceurs’, were invited to give a demonstration at a fun day to mark the approval of plans to revamp Edward Street play area, Netherthorpe.

Children from the neighbourhood were invited to have a go at parkour as well as traditional activities including an egg and spoon race.

Improvements to the play area are being delivered through Sheffield Council’s Living with Nature project which will develop plans to improve 24 play areas across council estates in Sheffield.

A concept design has been approved and £13,000 has been initially allocated to improve the existing playground and the football and basketball area.

The plans have been drawn up following close consultation with Edward Street Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, the local community and the Edward Street Youth Group.

Vic Gibson, treasurer for Edward Street TARA, said: “The kids wanted improvements to their play area which is in the heart of our community.

“Parents refer to it as their back garden as every flat overlooks the park and they can watch their children play safely.”