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Sensational Paths in Parks, Pathways, and Science Museums

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I think sensation paths would be a nice addition to parks as a way to make it a little more than just grass, outdoor gym equipment, and concrete pathways. In fact, since the USA does like getting many of our ideas from Europe (most specifically from Great Britain/England), some European countries have parks, called "Barefoot Parks", that allow people and children (of all ages) to publically explore and innovate to nature. Here is a link if you want to read a little more about some of the popular barefooting parks in European:

For those who love going/being barefoot, there are in fact over 50 different health benefits to going/being barefoot. Some of the floorings (with each space must have a border around it) you can choose for the path, like synthetic grass or wood or even hay, are technically not going to really become hotter (due to its material) when in hot weather unlike cemented concrete (the common pathways) in the summertime and even in sometimes in the Spring or Fall depending on the city. At the same time, creating sensational paths would help you save less money than if you were to create the regular concrete paths.

If someone really likes the idea at the park to make it a little more colorful and innovative (in terms of the sidewalks and walkways), it can even be to the point where some may want to learn how to create one in their backyard or even as the main walkway in front of their house.

Science Museums

When it comes to science museums, they are basically for the teaching people something new based on the science of something or someone. So, in terms of scientifical health, they should have a section in science museums dedicated to the science of barefooting (along with the fact it's legal to be barefoot in public).

One way that it can be implied in science museums is creating a sensational pathway as if it was a human board game like "Chutes and Ladders" or "Candy Land". Letting a sensational path in the style of a big board game would be a nice method for when it comes to getting people more interesting in barefooting while learning something new, along with the truth about barefooting, at the same time. Since it is inside the science museum, each pathway will be in great condition in terms of temperature and the fact that each pathway block will never overheat.

General Info

For those who are blind, you can have rope and/or handrails for them to help them navigate through the pathway. Here is a simple link on how to create a sensation path:

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Who will use my solution? Well, it is technically not only ones who like or prefer being barefoot, but as well as those who are into parks and/or science museums along with those who are interested in learning something new as well. It is important for everyone to have a healthy body and barefooting is one of the interesting ways for people to get healthy.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users
  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I honestly do not have a team in terms of the thought of this idea since I thought about myself, but I am a member of a group called "Barefoot Is Legal" on Facebook who even have a weekly radio show about the topic and can be contacted here: BlogTalkRadio ("Barefoot Is Legal Radio Show" airs every Saturdays at 1:30pm (ET)):

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

In terms of piloting my idea, it is always important to make sure people not only know the truth about barefooting and its many health benefits, but as well as explain how it can not onto innovate and improve the body, but as well as detailing how it can be help themselves or even others that they know who have some health issues or problems. When it comes to making the money to support its growth, one common way would be to have either a GoFundMe account as a way to allow people to help for a good cause (since, biblically, we are supposed to help each other out no matter what or who the person is - Hebrews 13:16 if curious on one verse) and have it in a way to show people not only the truth by exposing some myths, but as well as why they should donate to the account to build sensation paths in parks. In terms of the science museums, it may be best to personally inform them about adding one in the museum while explaining the science behind it along with how it can impact the museum.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Well, for the kids and students, I recall having many different field trips to both parks and science museums (along with when we had a "Field Day" at school and it was at a park). So, I know some prefer to make it easier for themselves that way along with some who even felt better or even more relaxed that way. On my Wattpad, @BarefootPoetAdvocate if curious, I am almost done with one book called "Barefooting 101: A Barefooter's Interviews " where I allow people to share their barefooting experiences outside. One of them was from someone I knew named Diamond where she wrote (as her main experience) that she had a Field Day in her school back in the 8th grade and felt much better after what her friends did to her shoes that day. Here is a link to the 2nd half of her chapter in one of my Wattpad books:


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Hi Lew and thank you for turning your explore phase post in to an idea for the propose phase.
It's all good, but you have failed to spell out the connection with the project - which is to solve this question: How might we make daily journeys fresh, easy, and adaptable to the needs of Miami-Dade residents? I'm sure you can do this quite easily - your idea is certainly fresh, will it encourage walking? Etc - I leave it to you to edit your post here and update it a little - thanks again, Katie - Facilitator

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KatieWalsh 100 and Wilda Previl - You are very welcome that I turned my Explore Phase post into a Propose Phase post. Nice that you like the idea. Oh, I see now.

When it comes to fresh, I do see the idea of sensational paths as a new, different, and fresh idea that can be added into parks, sidewalks, and science museums.

When it comes to easy, it would be a lot cheap by creating sensational pathways instead of the common concrete that we all commonly know.

When it comes to adaptable, then it can be adaptive to the point where people can like the idea so much that they can want to create one as a walkway to their house or even in their backyards.

Thanks that you do find it fresh and creative. I think it will be a nice and innovative way to encourage walking.

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KatieWalsh 100 and Wilda Previl - When you have the free time, please feel free and ask any questions about sensation paths? I ask since I am creating a document explaining as much with regards to sensation paths as a proposal.

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