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Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« on: May 11, 2009, 06:28:06 PM »
Okay, I'm pretty new to parkour. Can do some simple stuff but that's about it. And I've come to realize there are very few good places to practice in/near Akron. I am looking for a place that has good stuff for beginners, is realtively safe, and is not in a heavily populated area. (And somewhere the cops won't get mad at you for jumping off of things :P). So I decided to make a list of places I know in the hope that other people would comment and add on to this list. So here's what I got so far

Parkour Training Spots
in/near Akron, OH


Firestone Park Ė one picnic table, some very small walls, plenty of benches, monkey bars, two playgrounds, a raised area with rails behind the school (see note) and some small to medium walls. *Note* Area behind school has very loose cement and trash. Not necessarily completely safe.

Firestone Metro Park Ė lots of picnic tables (although not always in good spots) Trails are mostly flat, good for jogging but not really for parkour.

Gorge Metro Park Ė picnic tables, plenty of rocks to scramble up (do so at your own risk, itís also against park regulations because it causes erosion), wooden rail/staircase area near dock (good for practicing basic turn vaults etc.), some good running trails with roots, rocks, etc., and some medium sized ďrock walls/boulders.Ē

Cuyahoga Falls Ė The RiverFront Ė have not tried parkour there yet, but I have been there and saw someone doing parkour there (Although I didnít know thatís what he was doing at the time Ė scared the crap out of me, itís a long story). Plenty of rails, wooden railings, benches, some walls and stairwells/staircases. Thatís really all I saw of it. Iíd like to go explore soon. Donít know how populated the area is.

University of Akron Ė benches, rails, some small walls, some larger walls, square/block fountain structure in the center of campus that they never turn on, and picnic tables (you have to watch out though. Test the table first. TONS of them are wobbly and probably about to break.). There are lots of places to practice there but the different areas with cool stuff are very spread out and, as you would expect, being a university it is very populated, especially during the semester, but even over summer. *Note* Iím not quite sure if itís completely allowed. Iíve never been questioned (only stared at by curious people) and if you donít attend the university it shouldnít be a problem. The worst they could do is kick you off the campus. But if you attend there, consequences could be worse. I really have no idea of the legality of it. Just donít so anything crazy (no rooftops) and I think youíd be fine.

Sand Run Metro Park Ė havenít been there in years. Have no clue about parkour stuff there. Though I heard they have good, steep running trails.

Downtown Akron Ė yet again, no clue. Been there but never paid attention to what you could do there.

Rolling Acres Ė havenít done parkour there but that area is not the most ideal place for anything. Just a bit scary. Ever wonder why rolling acres is now pretty much empty?

That's what I got now. I'll add to the list as I go exploring. Please if you know of any areas in/near Akron. List them here. Thank you.

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 07:53:58 PM »
THATS A BIG LIST. :o darn and to think i use to live there and now i have barley anywhere to train

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009, 01:46:10 PM »
*Update*
I went to the RiverFront in Cuyahoga Falls just to walk around and check it out. It's pretty cool. During the day it's totally deserted (I was there at like 10 am, there were to city workers fixing a fountain and two pedestrians) There are tons of rails and small walls to do turn vaults off of to lower areas, there's a wheel chair ramp area between two buildings that winds back and forth and ends in an 8 foot wall, a circular concrete staircase that goes up to a parking deck, few different areas in some alleyways, a boardwalk, and at one spot there's a bunch of concrete pillars by the river of varying heights and distances from each other that are pretty cool. Looks like they were intenionally put there to jump off of. Overall it's pretty cool. It's probably one of the best places to practice near akron.
Here are some pics from the internet.They don't really show the good spots, excpet some columns:
The boardwalk:
<img src="http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m232/M4Goober/cfiles13203.jpg>
Here's a little of the concrete pillar area
<img src="http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m232/M4Goober/ec_dev.jpg>


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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2009, 08:39:56 AM »
i go to akron u, so if you wanna hang sometime and parkour, let me know, i know some back areas, really rureal

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2009, 06:36:48 PM »
hey i dont live too far from akron if you guys all wanna get together on a day we could all meet up and train together
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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2009, 03:11:14 AM »
I just discovered some parkour videos on YouTube the other day, and I'm really interested in learning how to do it. I live in Akron, so if anyone would want to meet up and train together, that'd be awesome.
Mike

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2009, 11:41:01 AM »
Im right there with you Fatal...looking around. I read some people hit up a gym in the Falls called "Flytz" on Saturdays 5-7pm.  I thought about stopping out but I usually work at the time...blehhh

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2010, 07:33:47 AM »
im not that far from akron aswell

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2010, 11:19:02 PM »
Hey I'm from the Stow area and I train at the Riverfront all the time. There's a pretty big group in the Akron area atleast 10-15 of us. I use to train at the Flytz gym on State road but we found a better gymnastics gym off Arlington rd. If anybody wants to train just let me know. My E-mail address is Darius5450@hotmail.com

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2010, 09:39:18 AM »
Hey I'm looking for a place to meet up with some other parkour practitioners - I just moved to Stow, so Flytz is pretty close. Do you guys still go to the one on Arlington, and is that one called the International Gymnastics & Cheer Training Center?
I'm thinking of going to an open gym but I'd like to know if there's going be other traceurs there - I have this image of it being me and a whole bunch of 4 year old kids.

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2010, 12:58:55 PM »
Well the police will get angry with you jumping off stuff but 9/10 your going to outrun them.. The reason they dont want you doing it is some nothing gets broken including yourself, after while they shouldnt care. I live in Barberton OH and have been stopped (I.E. For being on houses, handstanding on OC Barber, running in traffic and the police haven't reason cared, just a slap on the wrist if I harm something or disurb someone.) If you wanna train some time just message me and I'll gladly help ya out with what I can do.

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2010, 07:28:10 PM »
Well the police will get angry with you jumping off stuff but 9/10 your going to outrun them.. The reason they dont want you doing it is some nothing gets broken including yourself, after while they shouldnt care. I live in Barberton OH and have been stopped (I.E. For being on houses, handstanding on OC Barber, running in traffic and the police haven't reason cared, just a slap on the wrist if I harm something or disurb someone.) If you wanna train some time just message me and I'll gladly help ya out with what I can do.

You should NEVER run from the police. It is a bad idea and gives parkour a bad name. Actually you shouldn't really do anything in that list above. Even if the police don't care, it doesn't mean other people will not either. You shouldn't be on top of houses either. Training at heights is definitely not recommended by any traceur in the community. All of the stuff up there can and will be associated with parkour if anyone hears about it. It is definitely not a good image for parkour. If you haven't heard parkour was made ILLEGAL in Moreton in the UK. So if it happened there it definitely could happen anywhere in the US. You want to spread parkour in a positive manner. So continue training and just be compliant with the police and be respectful of other people. You don't want parkour to be seen like skateboarding is do you?
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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2010, 11:26:10 AM »
Whats up guys. My name is Alex Rodia( Arod from team sanjuu).
 I go to Kent State University and I'm always looking for someone to train with.
Contact me via facebook.

Keep training,
Alex

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2010, 10:06:51 AM »
Im new to Parkour i took it up over the summer and i need a group to trick with. Im going to Perfect Balance on Wednesday with Galen Marchetti. Text me at 3307349229 or email me at greg.dyer1067@gmail.com
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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2011, 07:40:53 PM »
If you are in the Youngstown area check out the Ohio Gymnastics Institute (www.myteamogi.com) for a safe fun
Parkour friendly place to workout

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2011, 03:36:44 PM »
Hi! I'm a relatively new practitioner, but would love to better myself and train with others. I am going to school not too far from Akron, and it would be great to hopefully meet other traceurs and traceuses.

-Catie

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2011, 10:58:50 PM »
If you are interested there is a group that goes up to a gym in Hinckley on Sundays from 7-9:30 at night. Cost is $5. The gym is called United Force of Ohio. Also the Tricker House goes up there too and its pretty awesome to train with and learn from those guys. So if you want to go and have any questions you can hit me up at 440-453-8042. Hope to see you guys there!
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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2012, 08:13:54 PM »
Two Words, one GREAT place for parkour.....Mckinnley Monument, tons of steps, jumps, rails, benches, you name it. I live around there and id love to get a new group, email me BJParkour@Gmail.com

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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2012, 07:40:48 AM »
I plan on trying to email some of you. I have never tried Parkour but I am very interested. Does anyone offer lessons in the Akron area? If so please email me at jessica.rawson@att.net
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Re: Places to train near/in Akron, OH
« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2012, 12:02:40 PM »
hey guys, looking to join up with you all, ive been on and off doing parkour for a few years, college wouldnt allow it on campus, and i lived in upstate ny area so not alot of places to train, also working alot of jobs left me little time to, anyway im back in ohio and want to get back into pk. Heres my cell number just text me with ur name, let me know ur a traceur and where and when u might wana meet to train