SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C --
The Seymour community has a rising population which consists of active-duty members, reservists, civilians, spouses and children. The youth are a vast majority on base, and play a part in keeping the community involved. Recently the base has opened a new indoor playground called the Kiddie Hawk, a Splash Pad and installed the new bouldering rock, adding family-friendly features to the Team Seymour community .
The 4th Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation section partnered with Air Force services and provided the base with a child-friendly “rock climbing” boulder wall. Ryan Wurdinger, Outdoor Recreation assistant director, lead coordination efforts to setup the new attraction.
“We have open ears when it comes to the community,” said Wurdinger. “Giving back to our customers and providing for the community is what our profession is known for. We hope to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle for children with this new boulder.”
The wall is up and ready for kids, but just like with all playground equipment, there are some rules and safety tips. When climbing, remember:
· Minimum age for unsupervised climbing is 10 years old
· Use of a spotter while climbing is highly recommended
· Do not climb below other climbers
· Properly stretch and warm-up
· Remove jewelry, belts with large buckles, sunglasses, and empty pockets
· Rubber mulch landing zone must be clear of equipment, except crash pads
· Inspect areas for potential hazards prior to climbing
· The use of chalk is authorized
· Food and drinks are prohibited in the landing zone
· Do not sit or stand on top of the boulder
· Do not change out holds
Following all rules will ensure safety and reduce chances of injuries. Along with supervision, children should always wear the appropriate closed-toe footwear.
“With the new rock climbing wall being built, make sure to take the proper precautions when climbing,” said Staff Sgt. Ethan May, 4th Fighter Wing occupational safety. “Always have supervision of children.”
For questions or concerns about the bouldering rock call 919-722-1104.