Atlanta, Georgia, USA is known for its bad traffic, but less known is its bad weather. The fall can be very hot all the way through October, when it starts to rain, until March, and finally thins out enough that it can become hot again.
The cycle never changes, which brings with it constant cancellations in outdoor activities, especially school athletics and P.E. classes. The school is responsible for the safety of athletes, and students aren’t safe in thunderstorms or extreme heat. The school also tries to promote good health and well-being for all students.
I am designing an indoor multi-sport athletic facility to let teams practice and play through the rough weather. Not only will athletes use it, but also P.E. classes. Westminster is a K-12 school, meaning that we have kids of all ages who not only participate in athletics, but also physical education. Many classes are already packed into the existing Turner Gym, and when an outdoor class gets cancelled, the teachers must pack in even more.
The goal is to make the new facility a supplement to Turner Gym, which already has four basketball courts, a ten-lane pool and diving well, an indoor track, squash courts, a weight room, and a sports medicine facility. Hopefully having a more open turf facility will help teams practice more efficiently, and give classes more freedom to run around and without worrying about hurting themselves on the gym floor.
This project aims to help support U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good health and well being. This facility will provide a place for year-round exercise which will promote good health in all seasons.
The site requires a big, open field to accommodate a track with a turf field inside for athletic practices and classes. We also need a way to get to locker rooms underneath a shelter so that the students and athletes are completely safe during a storm. There is already a pavilion, but extending a cover over the sidewalks leading to the locker room would help keeps students much safer.
After the school’s practices, other organizations such as youth soccer, private coaching lessons, and youth groups could come and use the facility, so it also needs to be accessible to the outside community without interfering with students and faculty. This is already being done with the pool in Turner Gym, and is a great way for people without access to a pool to be able to use one.
Making Your Community Healthier
Here are some ways to help your community overcome obstacles and grow healthier: 1. Buy or make an agility ladder. These are not only great for helping athletes work on footwork, but can help the average person improve their fitness.
2. Body weight exercises like pushups, sit-ups, and pull ups are actually some of the most effective ways to get in shape.
3. For athletes, any garage can instantly be turned into a workout area. In my own garage, I have a turf mat and a net so I can practice kicking footballs and soccer balls when the weather is bad.
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