Changing STP one pull up at a time..

by Bernard Williams II | Mar 17, 2013
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We live in an area that is cold and hard during the winters. And we all know how great it is to be outside in the summer. I would use the money to build pull up parks in different area of the city. I personally have focused on bodyweight and calisthenics for nearly two years. This activity has changed me for the better. We could find unused or partially used public property to find space for a park. The sizes would vary depending on location. We would have to work with local metalworker, find what they charge for labor. They may also be able to help figure out the price for materials and the type and amount of materials you need. I have seen videos online of different parks being built from the ground up. We build a variety of different thing such as parallel dip bars, different height pull ups bar. The first plan of attack would be to start with three parks. The first park would be for children, another for adults, and finally for both. Similar to that of these Kenguru pro parks located in Russia. They have great examples of park playgrounds and yard playgrounds on their website: http://kengurupro.eu/

Would this idea make St Paul a great city, maybe in time? But it would be a start to making it a better city. People always talk about pulling your weight. Well with that idea becoming a reality, everyone can start proving it to themselves. And then each one of us could be great!

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Bernard

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Vadnais Heights

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Ramsey

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United States, MN

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Changing STP one pull up at a time..

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

We live in an area that is cold and hard during the winters. And we all know how great it is to be outside in the summer. I would use the money to build pull up parks in different area of the city. I personally have focused on bodyweight and calisthenics for nearly two years. This activity has changed me for the better. We could find unused or partially used public property to find space for a park. The sizes would vary depending on location. We would have to work with local metalworker, find what they charge for labor. They may also be able to help figure out the price for materials and the type and amount of materials you need. I have seen videos online of different parks being built from the ground up. We build a variety of different thing such as parallel dip bars, different height pull ups bar. The first plan of attack would be to start with three parks. The first park would be for children, another for adults, and finally for both. Similar to that of these Kenguru pro parks located in Russia. They have great examples of park playgrounds and yard playgrounds on their website: http://kengurupro.eu/
Would this idea make St Paul a great city, maybe in time? But it would be a start to making it a better city. People always talk about pulling your weight. Well with that idea becoming a reality, everyone can start proving it to themselves. And then each one of us could be great!

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This idea involves one simple element. This is you pushing yourself. We don't need to personal trainers, no set time to show up. Just show up motivated for change. This idea will stand the test of time and would be seen all over St. Paul. The growth of these playgrounds would be around for generations to come. No Matter your age or level of fitness we all need to move and do something. The best part of this idea is it is not that different, it has been done successfully in the past. What is unexpected is how we forgot how fun and great calisthenics can be. No fancy equipment needed, none of this could be moved or taken away. It would be for anyone wanting to better.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

A true calisthenics park like this is not being done in near the metro, possibly the states of Minnesota. Trust me; I know I have looked all over the internet. I think this would bring more attention to St. Paul if we put these parks near running trails or tour area. Just areas where it is known in the summer people seem to be. St. Paul ranked lower than Minneapolis in health magazines in the past. But that could change with the addition of calisthenics parks in St. Paul. If a location was chosen near a lake, I do think people would flock to that area. Even near the river near Highland would be a great choice.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Just the physical aspect alone will ensure people remember this and to workout. I do hope that other surrounding cities recognize this fun way to bring fitness for everyone. What better city to lead this than our state capital. Every one of us would benefit from things that bring us together as a community and help become better. I have watched videos of people doing great thing at calisthenics parks. And this is something long overdue in Minnesota. For a parent helping their child doing a pull up for the first time to learning handstand pushups anything could and would possible. Fitness that helps everyone is just part of what could make St. Paul great!