Weekend Showcase: Testing your balance
Three Rivers Park District is having a Free Family Fun Day coming up this Sunday July, 2nd where you can try your hand, or foot, at one of the hottest new activities hitting Minnesota.

"Slacklining became popular here in Minnesota about five or six years ago and you see it in a lot of local parks,” said instructor Megan Kelzenberg.

Megan has been slacklining for about three years and she also teaches it for Three Rivers Parks.

“Well the balance is a huge part it,” laughed Megan when asked what was most important for beginners.

“You've never asked your body to do anything like this before, so when you first stand up people are surprised at how it is and how shaky your legs feel,” said Kelzenberg.

Megan and Emily Meyer, also a naturalist at Three Rivers Parks, were my training wheels as I gave it a try.

It's a lot harder than it looked. Still, in the few minutes I was practicing, I could tell my body was very slowly getting the hang of it.

Emily has been at it only a week and is already pretty good.

“It’s a really strange experience to try to trust your body that much. I don't have the muscle memory really to balance and to tell my legs to hold all of me in this kind of situation and so it’s a introspective experience in the sense that you're trying to tell your body to do this entirely new thing,” said Meyer.

If you’ve never tried it before, it’s low to the ground. It’s not scary, and would make part of a fun afternoon with the family at Coon Rapids Dam Park.

“For Coon Rapids Dam, we have a free family program as part of our Free Family Fun Days, and those happen two or three times a month. It's drop in, all ages, doesn't cost any money and people can just come and give it a try, ” said Kelzenberg.

Slacklining will be highlighted as part of Three Rivers Parks Family Fun Day this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Coon Rapids Dam in Brooklyn Park.

Neil Pursley reporting

June 30, 2017


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