The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

 The attack of the alien blocks?

When people first see an image like this they may think it is some new extreme sport, or perhaps a new form of Tetras designed for grade schoolers. The real story, however, is after the jump. (Pics)

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

These photos here were taken today at the Paul Drda Rec Center in Broomfield, CO. The foam blocks were part of a landing pit in the gymnastics area of the rec center and once a year the blocks have to be removed and cleaned.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

Each year the gymnastic students are asked to help clean out the landing pit. The foam blocks are either cleaned or replaced.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

 The landing pit is approx 5 feet deep and holds far more cubes than most had imagined.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

Team members struggle to pull a net full of cubes out of the pit.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

Most have great fun, making the otherwise laborious piece of work an enjoyable experience.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

Eventually they can see the bottom of the pit.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

Once the blocks are on the main part of the gymnastics floor, the blocks are sorted and carted off.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

Taking a short break while the pit is cleaned of its last remaining pieces.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

Blocks are loaded into carts and bags and hauled away. Some of the block show significant amounts of wear and tear.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

The whole process is complete in just a couple short hours. Many hands make the time pass quickly.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

Gymnasts use a zip line to to fly across the court and land in the foam blocks. Soft landing and an exciting ride.

 

 

The Secret Behind the 10,000 Foam Blocks

For gymnasts, the landing pit is their version of a swimming pool, only without the water, and without swimming. Come to think of it, its nothing like a swimming pool. But it is fun. Lots of fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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