Austin needs a parkour park.
There is a strong regional parkour community teaching safe movement to all ages. The problem is anyone over the age of 12 is too big to play on playscapes. The other option we find is to play in public places not designated for climbing, swinging and jumping. As a result, we are often asked to leave.
There are terrific examples of parkour parks in Europe, particularly Denmark just Google "Denmark parkour park photo".
Paul Graves added: "Parkour is a rapidly growing international sport and pastime that has already become far more popular than virtually every other sport viewed online: http://www.apexmovement.com/blog/is-parkour-a-fad/
There is plenty of precedence showcasing the positive impacts of dedicating public spaces for specialized play. Skate-boarding was once seen as a destructive, reckless, and even criminal act of trespass and misuse of public architecture until cities around the world began building Skate Parks which gave people a place to safely play and train what they enjoyed doing without being seen as a nuisance for it. There are already numerous successful sports-specific parks all over the world, some even in Austin, dedicated to climbing, biking, running, hiking, inline skating, skateboarding, camping, watersports, wintersports, and general fitness. There are also outdoor parkour parks springing up all over the world, such as London's LEAP facility (www.parkourgenerations.com/LEAP). Outdoor Parkour parks already exist in many countries, and are starting to appear in the US, too. The first google result was for Delafield, WI: http://www.livinglakecountry.com/lakecountryreporter/news/company-builds-states-first-outdoor-parkour-course-b99103047z1-225803401.html
Our friends at Parkour Visions in Seattle are seeking a similar project and have a wonderful write-up of their proposal: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/Design_Commission/docs/dpdp019293.pdf
With the growing popularity of obstacle course races such as Spartan, Tough Mudder, America Ninja Warrior, and Alpha Warrior, more and more people are seeking places to train in their communities with obstacles and rails, and a Parkour park provides that outlet for a much larger demographic than just the Parkour community. By creating a park with interesting architecture that encourages play and fitness for all ages, we will be creating a space that will both encourage community building as well as fitness in a beautiful location, drawing fun and fitness-minded individuals from all disciplines from dance and martial arts to yoga and circus arts to go outside and play and train together!"