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The Hessenpark Open-Air Museum opens a trim trail

30.06.2017 | 12:58 Clock | Favorite places
The Hessenpark Open-Air Museum opens a trim trail

From 8. July, the zeitgeist of the 1970s moves into the open-air museum.

The term trim trail has been named by the Duden as one of the words of the decades representative of the zeitgeist of the 1970s. In 1973, the neologism first found its way into the German spelling dictionary. Trimm-dich-Pfad not only refers to recreational sports facilities on forest paths or in parks, but is also representative of the Trimm-Dich campaign of the former German Sports Federation (DSB), which was launched in 1970. The aim of this campaign was to promote mass sports and to compensate for the lack of exercise in everyday life among Germans. Sport for all regardless of age, gender and fitness level - that was the aim of the appeal. In the course of these efforts, hundreds of so-called trim trails were created in Germany, many of them also in Hesse. The publicly accessible equipment facilities achieved an enormous degree of popularity, so that even today many people can tell from their own experience of using them from their childhood days.

The Hessenpark Open-Air Museum is now bringing the memory of these sporting outdoor activities into the present. Based on original construction plans of the German Sports Federation from 1973, a trim trail has been created in the Rhine-Main construction group. The path, which is laid out as a circular route, consists of ten equipment stations made of robinia wood by the museum's craftsmen. A total of 14 exercises can be performed here. Instructions on how to perform the exercises are provided on boards at the respective stations, which were developed in cooperation with the Sports Medicine Department of the Institute for Sports Science at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. In order to make the exercise equipment usable from today's point of view, historical specifications had to be brought into line with current safety requirements and sports medicine findings. The equipment course is supplemented by the Trimm-Bahn, a running track that runs through partially hidden paths in the Rhein-Main building group.

The opening of the trim trail will be celebrated on July 8 at 12 noon. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., guided training sessions by the Institute for Sports Science at Goethe University Frankfurt will be on the agenda for all sports-minded visitors. After the opening day, the newly constructed trim trail can be completed independently, depending on one's own physical capabilities, with the help of the explanations on the station signs. Those who prefer to trim in a group, guided by certified exercise instructors, can look forward to group offerings and open trim meets.

The construction of the trim trail was sponsored by the Taunus Sparkasse, the Förderkreis Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark e.V. and the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB). With the installation, the Hessenpark picks up on the socio-social developments of the 1970s and expands the museum with a new permanent presentation. In a second project phase, an exhibition module on the history of the Trimm-dich movement will be created on site in the Rhine-Main building group by spring 2018. Testimonies in writing and pictures will then provide insights into the history of the popular sports movement from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Opening of the Trimm-dich Trail
8. July 2017, 12 p.m.<x><BR</x>Location: behind the Anspach farmstead, Rhine-Main Assembly

1 to 3 p.m: Practical exercise sessions on the Trimm equipment under the guidance of sports scientists from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt

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