Colin MacDonald

Colin MacDonald sees a playground sprouting from the handrails and staircases of the urban landscape.

A decade of practicing and teaching parkour has left him with a unique perspective on the importance of challenge and play, as well as a passion for the design and shape of the cityscape. He believes we can design spaces that enable and encourage climbing, jumping, and balancing – without losing functionality or getting ourselves sued. Making a space play-able is all about creating adjacency and connections between objects, while using graphics and visuals to invite people to try something new.  

“I want moments of play, of physical exploration, to leap out at you and grab five minutes of your day, like a partner pulling you onto the dance floor.”

Colin works as a parkour park designer for Parkour Visions, with completed indoor and outdoor projects across the US and Canada. He lives in Ballard with his wife and a handful of mischievous pets.

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