Kids and adults in the Puget Sound region have been running from the SADness of dark northwest winter at our Seattle gym and on their own elementary and middle school campuses.
Our after-school program is running strong, with a new middle school program running this term in addition to the middle and elementary school programs we ran in the Fall. Kids are braving the rain and training fundamental parkour skills on their own school playgrounds and adjacent parks, learning to see their environments and themselves in new ways.
Our building team has been busy coming up with all kinds of new obstacles like Bowser, a mini-cage, weird little turtle-shaped stride/precision trainers, and have been recombining our structures into really interesting configurations that allow for fresh exploration every time people come to the gym. You can see some of our stuff in action in our Always Changing gym showcase video. This past week, we built a squishy staircase to learn the intricacies (and fun!) of falling down stairs.
The new schedule at PKV has allowed lots more people to learn parkour in a structured way from our world-class instructors, and more importantly, your donations have helped build equipment and recharge our scholarship and outreach funds, which has allowed even more people to explore the discipline of overcoming obstacles.
Thanks for all you’ve helped us do so far. We’re looking forward to expanding our offerings in the Spring. Stop by next time you’re in town, and in the meantime, keep training!
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!
Mia started classes at Parkour Visions one year ago. She began in our basics classes and has put in a lot of time working on her parkour skills both inside the gym and out. For her birthday, she asked her parents for a parkour setup in her room. And they actually did it! Mia has recently graduated to our advanced level classes, and has logged some great times at the last two obstacle course events at the gym.
When Mia started at PKV, our gym was 6,000 square feet and we had a modest class schedule. Now, we're at 10,000 square feet and keep on having to add classes to keep up with the demand for parkour in Seattle. The big space enables us to run events like our recent Spring Obstacle Course Challenge just last week and to run three classes at the same time to catch up with kids after school.
Your contributions have enabled our growth, and, more importantly, have made it possible for kids like Mia to come to our gym and learn the joy of movement.
We can't thank you enough for your help so far. Every time a new student comes to the gym and goggles at all the obstacles and structures you've helped us purchase and build, we humbly tell them that we couldn't have done it without our great community of donors and volunteers. You helped us build out our amazing space. We hope you'll continue to help us as we grow.
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