Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Silver Spring is a Parkour Paradise

If anybody sees a group of people running around hurdling obstacles outside the Silver Spring Metro station, they're either running from the cops or participating in a parkour jam. What the hell is parkour, you ask?

Parkour is a physical discipline of French origin in which the participant — called a traceur — attempts to pass obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible, using skills such as jumping, vaulting and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves. The obstacles can be anything in the environment, so parkour is often practiced in urban areas because of many suitable public structures, such as buildings, rails, and walls.

According to this site, Silver Spring may be the best place to parkour outside France and the U.K. -"There are so many spots in Silver Spring that mirror parts of London". Really!?

Want to know when the next jam is scheduled? Keep checking the message boards.



8 comments:

Silver Springer said...

Wish those picture links would work.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

They must be thinking of London's East End or Euston. We don't have a thing in common with places like Kensington or Knightsbridge.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how long before one of them gets hurt and sues Metro for not stopping them from doing something so stupid & dangerous.

Twoste said...

That's respect!

WashingtonGardener said...

SilverSpringJane tipped me to this:
http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2006/09/18/daily21.html?from_rss=1

The Montgomery College Takoma Park-Silver Spring campus (official name now as 1/2 the campus is now in south SS) has just receuved a big grant for its conversion of the Giant bakery to an arts center.

I live one block from here and vonstruction is progressing quickly and I can't wait for the completion - but I still miss the smell of baked goods in the morning.

groovything said...

I love parkour and I totally see how SS could be a good place for it. Certain parts have good flow for it. As for London, I was just there and I did notice some spots that kinda reminded me of SS, specifically Tottenham Hale and the Seven Sisters area. More suburban, but still part of London.

Silver Springer said...

I think this is sort of cool.

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