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Cheyenne Purrington

44 neighbors want Tenderloin ExerTrail – an accessible, outdoor urban exercise path to encourage social fitness in Central Market, San Francisco.

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THE NUTSHELL
The Tenderloin ExerTrail is an accessible, scalable, outdoor urban exercise path along Market Street in San Francisco. A painted sidewalk route will lead participants from one activity station to another, encouraging physical fitness and social connection while offering an artful sense of place.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The Tenderloin district in San Francisco is home to more than 25,000 people, including over 4,000 youth, making it one of the densest neighborhoods in the United States. Many Tenderloin residents live in Single Resident Occupancy (SRO) hotels, sharing common kitchen and bathroom facilities. These tiny rooms often measure less than 6' x 8' - that's smaller than most jail cells.

These dense, urban living conditions limit access to public spaces for exercising, socializing, and getting fresh air and sunshine.

THE PROJECT
It’s time to think outside the box! The Tenderloin can reclaim urban space along Market Street’s wide sidewalks to create a public, outdoor urban exercise path. The Tenderloin ExerTrail will feature simple, scalable physical activity stations, just like traditional fitness trails, and encourage collaboration and participation like team-building ropes courses.

Each exercise station will feature a different installation and activity. Examples include hopscotch ladders, painted labyrinths, raised bumps for jumping or hurdling, benches for pushups, and balance beams for building core muscles. Fitness experts will work with graphic designers and sculpture artists to create playful, imaginative, artistic activity stations that are as visually appealing as they are physically engaging.

Each activity station will display universal graphic instructions, along with suggestions for scaling to accommodate fitness and ability. Every sign will feature a ‘trail map’ along with highlighted facts about the surrounding area, history, and community. The Tenderloin ExerTrail will appeal to a broad range of participants including local residents and employees, out-of-town tourists, and our youth and seniors.

The Tenderloin ExerTrail project can be extended into the Tenderloin and other districts, connecting neighbors and neighborhoods. Painted routes between central locations and prominent landmarks can highlight San Francisco’s architecture, culture, and history, while indicating number of feet and miles walked for participants to track their progress.

THE PLAN
During the design process, the project team will engage local residents and employees in 'design charrettes' to brainstorm ideas, discuss concerns, and produce a viable project plan. The project team has enlisted several fitness experts, graphic designers, and architects to assist with the development of a prototype plan, which will be provided to fabricators for completion by April 2015.

Once we're done, our team will produce an open-source Instructables How-To Guide for other communities to reproduce this project.

THE ASK
One: If you like this idea, please support us! Click 'Me too' to show your support and stay updated on our progress.

Two: Contact us if your company would like to sponsor an activity station.

(Three: Look for a fundraising page soon!)

Supporters All

Wynnek
Market Street Prototyping Festival
Maria Judice
Erika Leder
Kamillah Gallofin
Joseph Thomas
Sandrella Rose
Gabrielle Thompson
Lauren Hall
Josh Lee
Michael Thomas Angelo
Steven Kahlich
PartJane PartSky
Josh Shaeffer
Michelle Chinn
Kenna Shapiro
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1000 Market St., San Francisco

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KaBOOM!

Hey Cheyenne - this KaBOOM! grant could be an additional source of funding for you (up to $50k): play60playon.kaboom.org/

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Posted Oct 1, 2015
Cheyenne Purrington
Cheyenne Purrington
Oct 2, 2015

Hi Kaboom! Thanks, we started an application a few days ago, just looking for a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

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Cheyenne Purrington

How to make your own: m.instructables.com/id/Urban-E...

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Urban Exercise Trail

HELLO AND WELCOME! So, you want to make an urban exercise trail? Awesome! We'll guide you through the process of designing and building a simple urban...

www.instructables.com/id/Urban...

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Posted Jul 28, 2015
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Cheyenne Purrington

Here's the Instructable for designing and building your own Urban Exercise Trail:
www.instructables.com/id/Urban...

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Urban Exercise Trail

HELLO AND WELCOME! So, you want to make an urban exercise trail? Awesome! We'll guide you through the process of designing and building a simple urban...

www.instructables.com/id/Urban...

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Posted Jun 30, 2015
Dan
Dan
Jun 30, 2015

Fantastic - thank you Cheyenne!

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Cheyenne Purrington

This Tenderloin resident came back every morning of the Festival - simple, functional bodyweight exercises.

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Posted Apr 16, 2015
Tom K.
Tom K.
Apr 17, 2015

That is a great story to tell. Nice work!

Admittedly, I get a little self-conscious doing squats on Market Street. I'd be more likely to use it if it was somewhere like UN Plaza or the charming new park/rec area in the TL with the basketball courts. Regardless I love the spirit of getting exercise into the conversation about public space.

Posted by Tom K. on Apr 17, 2015
Cheyenne Purrington
Cheyenne Purrington
Apr 17, 2015

We'd love to see simple bodyweight workout stations everywhere! And beautiful painted trails leading from one to the next. And a block-long hopscotch ladder! :)

Posted by Cheyenne Purrington on Apr 17, 2015
Mark Brucker
Mark Brucker
Apr 18, 2015

Really enjoyed the hopscotch!

Posted by Mark Brucker on Apr 18, 2015
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Cheyenne Purrington

The President of Kaboom stopped by to play - and thanked us for increasing the playability of San Francisco.

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