Saturday, May 4th
In the heart of downtown, Century Gardens was developed in 1975 to celebrate Calgary's Centennial and is listed on Calgary's Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources. The park's design is a unique example of mid-century brutalist style landscape architecture. Today the mash-up of built form and water - evocative of Alberta's mountains, rivers and plains - has become a key stop in the global Parkour movement. Come explore it with us in a mash-up of history and movement.
Are you thinking: Sounds great but what's Parkour?
Parkour is a physical practice where practitioners aim to move quickly and efficiently through their environment using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves, negotiating obstacles in between. They try to maintain as much momentum as possible without being unsafe. Parkour can include running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, rolling, and so on, whatever's most suitable for the situation. Parkour is non-competitive. It is usually practiced as a creative playful reinterpretation or subversion of urban spaces. (Thank you wikipedia)
Cynthia Klaassen is President of the Calgary Heritage Initiative Society, raising awareness of the importance of Calgary's built heritage one project at a time. She is past President of Doors Open Calgary and a co-chair of the award-winning "Century Homes Calgary" project.
Steve Nagy is a leader in Calgary's burgeoning Parkour Community and recently produced "Mindfire."