Parkour gym takes additional safety measures after accident at competing gym

Posted at 9:47 PM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-25 00:47:18-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Parkour gym took additional steps to make sure its clients are safe after an accident at a competing gym injured more than 20 children.

Apex School of Movement in Kearny Mesa opened a month ago after working on its location, permits, and licenses for three years.

“It’s frustrating because you’re eager.  You want to get it moving forward,” said Apex Director of Communications Araceli Martinez. “But at the same time, if you want to make sure that you’re going to be here for a long time, you do what they ask you to do.”

Martinez said they acquired all the proper permits, inspections, and licenses required by the City of San Diego and the State of California. It was also required by Apex, a national chain of Parkour gyms.

“They were not going to accept anything lower than what they have as well,” she said. “We spent a lot of time down at the city planning office.”

Martinez said they brought back an engineer and inspector to review their gym after the accident at Vault PK where a staircase and balcony collapsed, injuring 21 guests.

“We got those reassurances,” said Martinez. “We brought an engineer in to look at the roof even, make sure that everything’s okay.”

Additionally, Apex said it would transfer any November memberships for customers at Vault PK over to Apex for free until December 15.