My partner, Swarnabh and I come from Houston and Dehli, warm environments where the outdoors can be enjoyed year-round. Moving to New Haven cae with the realization of a winter that can immobilize outdoor activity and fun. This doesn’t just affect New Haven, the entire northern half of America and Canada can be identified as too damn cold of year-round outside activity.
This affects a large portion of the population. Eleven-percent of the American-Canadian population lives within four metropolitans alone: New York City, Chicago, Boston and Toronto. We propose to develop a system to bring down the temperatures of these climates during the winter months to a reasonable and playable temperature. We propose to bring the inside, outside.
The parks departments in these cities are industries. The budget for New York City alone is larger than the GDP of Liberia and thirty other countries. This is a big industry. This also represents a large geographic portion of these cities.
These parks include a lot of infrastructure that is not used year round. From basketball courts and baseball fields to playgrounds and outdoor swimming pools, this infrastructure is financed to last a season before it is shut down. Each year, these amenities must be refurbished and prepped for the summer seasons. These amenities represent lost opportunity using taxpayers financing.
The winter economics also affects the private industry. Nike loses one billion dollars annually during the winter months when compared to their summer revenues. They even acknowledge the winter results of their sales in their annual report.
This is a case of bad timing for the outdoor sports industry. Not only is Christmas this time of year, so is New Year’s Resolutions. When thirty-eight percent of resolutions are weight-related, this is a lost opportunity for not only the already financed outdoor amenities at local parks, but also the private industry.
Introduce: Airspace. We propose a solution for parks departments across the cold regions of America and Canada. An inflatable solution that can be brought to any park in preparation for the winter months. When the truck shows up, it unloads the deflated bubble. Once it is inflated, the truck leaves for the winter and it’s game-on.