This past Fall has been a really exciting time at Parkour Visions, and thanks to your support, we've been able to extend our reach, build some cool stuff, and open more classes!
We've been sending our coaches to three local elementary schools and a local middle school regularly for after-school parkour programs, and the kids have been loving it. The programs run outside in the real world on and around school playgrounds, so the kids are learning to see and interact with their environment in creative, fun ways.
In the gym, we've built low and high wall sections that are more analogous to obstacles we see outside every day (complete with concrete coating!), and have made interesting springy toys and new boxes that open up lots of parkour possibilities and allow us to teach particular movements more effectively. You can see some of our new equipment in action in the video from our Halloween Obstacle Course event.
This December, we're rolling out a major schedule change at the gym that opens up addtitional classes in our young kids (ages 6-8) and regular kids (ages 8-13) programs, increases the number of adult basics classes, and changes the flavor of our intermediate and advanced-level classes to allow more focused training.
As we enter the season of gratitude, gifts, and new beginnings, we thank you, our donors, for helping us get where we are today. Your continued partnership with us will help us keep expanding our reach and teaching safe, effective parkour practice to people in the Seattle area.
This summer, we've seen lots of new faces at our gym and at local parks. Our series of half-day summer camps brought kids ages 6-18 from all over the Puget Sound region to learn basic and intermediate parkour, and our 2013 Parkour Visions Classic (check out this great video from the event) event brought parkour practitioners from all over North America to run obstacle courses at our gym and at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island.
Thanks to your donations, we've been able to keep adding to our gym! We've been installing portable rails and wall sections, new boxes (like the slidey fun Shimzilla and modular Toad), adding new strength training equipment, and building huge indoor/outdoor platforms that offer tons of movement possibilities. Parkour Visions community members donated (and installed) a set of traveling rings, which you can see in action in this quick video clip.
This Fall, we're looking to get involved with local after-school programs, build a low concrete-coated wall in the gym, and launch some new programs to expand our reach to a wider population, both young and old. We couldn't do it without you, so please continue supporting our gym! If you're in the area, stop by and say "Hi," play with us, and see what you've helped build.
They say that summer will be starting in Seattle any day now, and that means long days and lots of parkour outside in the city's great parks. It also means summer camps at the gym your donations have helped build and continue to improve!
Last year, we expanded our gym by 4,000 square feet and built an amazing climbing wall. This year, we're working on program improvements and rolling out a new apprentice program that will allow some of our most dedicated students as well as parkour practitioners from all over to learn how to teach more people how to overcome obstacles.
New obstacles are showing up weekly, thanks to materials you helped us purchase and to staff you've enabled us to hire. This year is full of great potential, and we continue to be grateful to you and to the rest of our donors and volunteers who make it all possible.
Thank you for everything, and I hope to see you at the gym or at one of our classes outside!