Aiken County isn’t exactly a parkour hot spot. While it did have its own parkour movement on Facebook which had looked fairly promising at the time, the group has since died out, with the last updating having taken place about two years ago. As such, it may be rather discouraging to the budding parkour athlete or to those new to the area looking to indulge in the sport of their choice. As it turn out; however, there are a few good places to engage in the sport; it’s just a matter of looking for them. And, as it turns out, I’ve already done all of the looking for you!
Aiken’s HIC Indoor Skatepark
Don’t let the name fool you, the HIC is any parkour athlete’s dream. While perhaps made primarily with skateboarders in mind, you’ll find tonnes of different rails, platforms and obstacles to use to your full advantage. Being indoors and generally having other people within its confines, you’ll also likely find it to be a safer alternative to practicing your sport off in the woods somewhere. In the event that something goes wrong, you can rest assured knowing there are staff on the premises at all times that the skatepark is open.
It also has a shop within the building you may shop at. I’ll state the obvious and note that it tends to primarily cater to skateboarders, though you’ll most likely find something of use at some point or another. You can most likely buy yourself a pair of shoes, ask someone to find the right size for you.Even if you just want to stop for a sports drink, the shop will likely have what you’re looking for at a reasonable price.
Now, the skatepark featured above is easily your best choice, as you’ll find it to be the most obstacle-dense of all your options. If, for whatever reason, you can’t make it to the skatepark or skateparks just aren’t your thing (understandable), Boyd Pond Park is likely your only other viable option short of running rampant around the city in search of things to jump over. With a bit of meandering around, you’ll likely find a good spot to practice, no matter what you plan on specializing in during that occasion.
It’s worth noting that, depending on where you are in the park, it can be perfectly suitable for parkour or not suitable at all. For example, you may find a bunch of vacant picnic tables and other obstacles in one area and a golf course in the other. I needn’t explain why the latter isn’t your best option.
At Boyd Pond Park, you’ll encounter a variety of different obstacles and environments, giving you a more versatile excursion overall. Or, if you just want to practice one facet of your sport, confining yourself to one area within the park can also work just fine. Overall, you’ll find it rather big and to be the type of area you can make a day out of. Why not pack a lunch and bring a few water bottles? In fact, if you plan on using the whole park to your advantage, you’ll have to make a day out of it.