Yes, change is coming. And while change can be scary, it can also be necessary and good.
Many of you, and other citizens of San Diego, may not have realized that the Convention Center is not public property. It’s central location, iconic stairs, and frequent use by both individuals and groups like ourselves has helped make it a shining star on the map of San Diego.
The San Diego Convention Center instituted a new policy effective yesterday, May 6, 2015, regarding group fitness activities taking place on the outdoor terraces and stairs. The policy can be found here: http://visitsandiego.com/media/news/san-diego-convention-center-corporation-statement-regarding-group-fitness-activities. In summary, the policy states that for all groups over 6 people proof of liability and insurance must be presented and a short term license agreement must be signed stating time, date, and specific location the group wishes to use.
After communicating with the proper people at the Convention Center, and providing them with a copy of our insurance/liability paperwork, the email I received this morning informed me of two things: there will be a fee of approximately $50 per day to use the stairs and terrace as well as an inability to accommodate our time request of 6:30-7:30AM on Wednesday mornings.
At November Project we are based on two founding principles, FREE fitness and community. We have never and will never forward a fee along to our members. From now until the end of time, our fitness will be free. We also strongly believe in making the community and city a better place through human connection, hugs, and sweat.
This decision from the Convention Center to institute a policy that inhibits (and in many cases prevents) the use of the Convention Center stairs by groups large and small goes against both of our founding principles. It is unfortunate that it appears the Convention Center values business and revenue over supporting the City of San Diego, it’s residents, and the health and fitness community.
So, YES, we will be moving our Wednesday locations. Where? We are still working on that part. What matters in this community is YOU, the members. Our location will be awesome, our workouts will continue to be difficult and rewarding, and our positive community and energy will continue to grow. World takeover will not stop.
I welcome any and all suggestions for a new permanent Wednesday location. Rack your brains: do you know anyone at a university or school with a stadium? Is there a hill or set of stairs in Balboa Park that you love to run? Get creative. You will be the first to know when we lock a new, amazing location into place. And, of course, nothing about our Mondays has changed.
While this experience has been frustrating and has not yielded the results we were all hoping for, I want to thank each one of you for voicing your support for November Project and the fitness community in San Diego. I want to remind you that we are built on positivity and love and to thank you for staying true to that and to your city.
So continue to BE HAPPY, BE STRONG, AND BE BRIGHT. November Project San Diego has an amazing future ahead!
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