"10,000 Steps Park" Workshop

 

The doctors recommend to walk 10,000 steps a day, but what does it really mean? The average person, working a sedentary job, walks only 1000 to 3000 steps a day! Doing the numbers and slightly rounding them, 10,000 steps are approximately 5 miles long, and can be walked in roughly 100 minutes. Running at 10 minutes/mile, that would be 50 minutes. Although these timings are approximate, they indicate the need for a plan, in order to facilitate the achievement by as many people as possible. The 10,000 Steps Park Workshop will allow the community to decide for themselves where to walk, and then will support them in organizing fundraisings, and consequently, the physical result of the workshop: the 10,000 Steps Park.

The "10,000 Steps Park" WORKSHOP is a project that allows any community to easily find a looping path, 10000 steps / 5 miles long.The community can request a KIT with a PRINTED MAP to a useful scale of their area, and a GREEN STRING (to scale as well) to represent 5 miles. Following few recommendations like using existing paths, ensuring safety by day and by night, and including of points of interests along the path (education, sport, art, commercial, residential, landmarks, sightseeing spots...) the community can identify a free path to health - the much recommended 10,000 daily steps, promoted by doctors and healthy apps. Once the path is found, FUNDRAISING TEMPLATES part of the Workshop can help the community in raising funds to make the park real. The first step is to MARK THE PATH with green dots, painted on the road. The second step is to install MILESTONES every 1000 steps, so that people can have a reference, and train according to their level of fitness. With more money, it will be possible to buy benches, trashcans, dog-parks equipment, and playgrounds (including outdoor structures for adults, to stretch and do basic exercises). The workshop encourages the creation of a path that connects existing amenities, and aims to attract more investment along it.

Once the workshop is done, and the money is raised, the 10000 STEPS PARK will be "brought to life" and become a real healthy resource, for the people who need, no matter the age, race or sex. Although the park is about steps (thus walking or running) biking is permitted, as well as skating and any other car-free mean of transportation, safely performed.  Since the workshop is open to anybody who is in need of an healthy path, we cannot control the geographic conditions beforehand. Therefore, although accessibility is encouraged, it cannot be mandated or ensured. The community will decided on the topic, according to the available possibilities. The workshop instructions recommend to spread the amenities in an even way, in order to be fair to any smaller community, that is touched by the path. The goal is to have as many 10000 steps park as the community wants and needs; this should become a category of urban amenities as much common as possible, just like urban gardens, little free libraries, dog parks, playgrounds, and ball fields. The workshop will be organized and managed through a WEBSITE where you can request the kit, post your own 10000 Steps Park, and what you can find along the path. No apps are planned at this time, as one of the goals of the park is to leave the phone at home, and go out enjoying the outdoors.

Once the path is found, fundraising templates, part of the Workshop, can help the community in raising funds to make the park real. The first step is to MARK THE PATH with GREEN DOTS, painted on the road. The second step is to install MILESTONES every 1000 steps, so that people can have a reference, and train according to their level of comfort. With more money, it will be possible to buy benches, trashcans, dog-parks equipment, and playgrounds (including outdoor structures for adults, to stretch and do basic exercises).

Although the park is about steps (thus for walking or running) biking shall be permitted, as well as skating and any other car-free mean of transportation, safely practiced.

Since the workshop is open to any community who is in need of an healthy path, we cannot control the geographic conditions beforehand. Therefore, although accessibility is encouraged, it cannot be mandated or ensured. The community will decided on the topic, according to the available possibilities.

The workshop instructions recommend to spread the amenities in an even way, in order to be fair to any smaller community, that is touched by the path. The goal is to have as many 10,000 steps park as the community wants and needs.

THIS SHOULD BECOME A NEW CATEGORY OF URBAN AMENITIES AS COMMON AS URBAN GARDENS, LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES, DOG PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, AND BALL FIELDS.

The workshop will be organized and managed through a WEBSITE where you can request the workshop kit, post your own 10000 Steps Park, and what you can find along the path. No apps are planned at this time, as one of the goals of the park is to leave the phone at home, and go out enjoying the outdoors.

PATH RECOMMENDATIONS

  • The path shall be welcoming and free to access, to maximize participation.

  • While planning the 5 mile path, there is a +/- 5% forgiveness (1/4 mile) with justification.

  • Amenities should be equally spread along the path, to avoid favoritism on certain areas only.

  • Avoid stairs, if possible, in order to have a virtually accessible path. Accessibility is not guaranteed, nor mandated, due to the unpredictability of the geographies.

  • The path shall welcome bikes and any other safe transportation modality, but shall be car-free.

HOW TO DONATE

Through the 10,000 steps website, communities can set up specific fundraising milestones for donations.

1. Paint for 5 miles of green dots (12” diameter @ 5 ft) 2. Milestones every 1,000 steps
3. Benches, with donor plaquard
4. Trash cans

5. Street lights poles, where needed 6. Bike racks
7. Dog parks
9. Outdoor fitness equipment

10. Playgrounds

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