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Thursday, 20. September 2012

Children can suffer from rheumatism as well. So they can enjoy exercise despite their sickness, we developed a unique Bewegungspark ("movement park") that is especially adapted to their needs. We worked together on this with the Deutsches Zentrum für Kinder und Jugendrheumatologie in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A year ago, Rosi Mittermaier, patron of the Kinder-Rheumastiftung, broke ground and already the "jungle" and the "cliff" are finished!

In the jungle, the kids can walk on a wire over a "canyon" or cross "rapids" on a shaky rope bridge. For security, there is a fall protection on the ground. But the jungle is a place for relaxation as well: The BASF's innovative material ETPU was used - for the first time ever outside BASF's research facilities!

The cliff is a diversified climbing and bouldering site - like the Alps, just smaller: Its silhouette matches the real mountains the children can see from their windows, and there is even a small viewing platform, just like at the Alpspitze. Fascinating alternatives to train or to play foster motor, cognitive, and social aspects and they are fun, too!

Another of the project's highlights was the 24-hours-charity run on therapy scooters at the end of July. 588 scooterists drove 4620 kilometers - among them Rosi Mittermaier as well as a team from Innovationsmanufaktur. But this is by no means the end: Two more modules have to be completed before the Bewegungspark is opened on World Rheumatism Day (october, 12).

We put out more impressions from the progress of the construction work on our facebook page.

If you have questions, Frederik Zimmermann is always happy to lend an ear.

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