Crim Fitness Foundation
iCrim: Playful Pathway
The final Play Everywhere Challenge project idea on behalf of the Crim Fitness Foundation for the City of Flint is the iCrim: Playful Pathway. The iCrim: Playful Pathway is the embodiment of a play along the way structure that does not require youth and families to go out of their way to access an opportunity to play. Although the final design is still to be determined the pathway will include activities that are easy to engage with while passing by without taking up additional time such as hopscotch hopping from letter to letter or following simple movement commands (like twirl jump and dance). In finalizing the permanent design we will continue to seek input from community members especially youth in Flint Community Schools as they will most commonly be the pedestrians engaging with the installation. By giving the community a chance to be involved with the design process, we hope for them to feel very invested in this playful addition to the downtown area.
We are also collaborating with a local sidewalk chalk artist who will be the lead artist on painting the iCrim: Playful Pathway on the sidewalk. As a part of refining the final design as we receive more input from the community we are planning a temporary chalk version of the pathway. This will allow kids to see some of their ideas come to fruition and will also engage passersby who may have otherwise not heard about the project. With this temporary version we will also observe how community members engage with the concept of the pathway and if any changes need to be made. This installation will be simple in design but will have the capacity to reach everyone who uses the sidewalk on Saginaw Street the main street in downtown Flint.
The existing sidewalk has some existing features to make more use of the space than simply walking such as benches and bike racks but nothing to provoke more fun physical activities while simply walking about downtown. It will transform an underutilized space into one that is inviting for families to play by giving them simple prompts that are optional to follow.
- Amelia Schmid