Málaga FIT – A day of physical activity for the whole family in the heart of Málaga city centre (Spain)

‘According to the NEB the aim is to provide all citizens with access to goods that are circular and less carbon-intensive, that support the regeneration of nature and protect biodiversity. The NEB initiative calls on all of us to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls. The New European Bauhaus looks at projects, places, practices, and experiences that are:

*Beautiful: A space that is emblematic of the beauty of the city of Malaga and is visited by a multitude of tourists as well as locals.

The origin of the Paseo del Parque Malaga dates back to 1896, when the then president of the Council of Ministers Antonio Cánovas del Castillo decided to create and promote a project to extend the port area and create the modern structure that the park has preserved to the present day. This beautiful promenade of the Malaga park has a truly fabulous sculptural decoration, since in addition to the amazing diversity of flora that it possesses, its romantic and ancient style design shows the public incredible hidden places.

Since the impact on the park should be minimal, it was decided that the efforts to create a magical and memorable activity should be the responsibility of the monitors, which is why they received acting training to recreate characters from each of the phases of the story and develop a work of animation that would motivate the participants to do physical activities while having fun and learning about the history of the city. Proximity was also important, making the participants the protagonists of the activity at all times and reminding all participants, but especially the children, how much fun it is to exercise.

*Sustainable: The aim was to adapt as much as possible to the qualities of the park in order to create a magical atmosphere that would blend in with the park, which is why we decided to use the history of the city as the main topic for the children’s activities and the auditorium as a stage for activities that could be done with fitness instructors.  Each space for each of the activities of the so-called ‘FIT Escape Room outdoors’ was chosen carefully and divided into the 7 main stages of the history of the city. The plants, the paths, the monuments, the bird, the sunlight through the trees…everything contributed to an almost magical atmosphere. The simplicity of the materials contributed to an eco-friendly approach. All materials used are reusable, non-installable and do not harm the flora, fauna or architecture of the park.

*Sustainable: The aim was to adapt as much as possible to the qualities of the park in order to create a magical atmosphere that would blend in with the park, which is why we decided to use the history of the city as the main topic for the children’s activities and the auditorium as a stage for activities that could be done with fitness instructors.  Each space for each of the activities of the so-called ‘FIT Escape Room outdoors’ was chosen carefully and divided into the 7 main stages of the history of the city. The plants, the paths, the monuments, the bird, the sunlight through the trees…everything contributed to an almost magical atmosphere. The simplicity of the materials contributed to an eco-friendly approach. All materials used are reusable, non-installable and do not harm the flora, fauna or architecture of the park.

*Inclusive: The main goal for Actividades Alternativas was to make the event as inclusive as possible, for this purpose the assigned day was 4th of June 2023, a Sunday, so that most families/citizens could attend. The venue was carefully picked for being easily accessible for people from different social strata due to the ease of access even on foot from all points of the periphery as well as by train from other localities. Another great quality of this park is the fantastic accessibility for people with reduced mobility and the fact that the open spaces not only could be easily adapted for physical-sport activities purposes but other citizens and visitors could still make use of the park and walk around freely without interrupting the activities.

In order to make the recreational-sports experience fun and memorable for all attendees, volunteers and workers received prior training and a series of instructions. Among the instructions received, it was clearly explained how to use an inclusive treatment with all attendees and adapt the language and activities to all types of audiences, including the treatment of the historical data for people of different nationalities. Avoiding any discrimination based on age, gender, origin, or physical and functional diversity. Thus, the monitors were adapting on the fly and facilitating an inclusive environment throughout the event. Our volunteers and monitors include people of diverse sexual orientations, backgrounds, genders and ages. Another way to promote inclusivity and support good causes through the event was to invite other associations such as the PRODICCO foundation. The PRODICCO foundation works to give a better quality of life to people with physical and mental disabilities, many of them in a situation of social marginalisation or abandonment.

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