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New climbing gym in Denver


Jon Zucco · · Denver, CO · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 245

Retrofit the (soon to be) old wonder bread factory!!!

Wonder Bread Climbing Gym

Zach Wilson · · Aurora, CO · Joined Jun 2007 · Points: 0

Gotta put in a suggestion for a gym near the Anschutz Medical Campus near I-225 and Colfax. The campus will eventually have 45,000 people, the Light Rail will be coming through in a couple years and there's no gym options within at least 25 minutes.

The Good Life Denver · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 5

While we are still sorely in need of a premier, full-service (not just bouldering) gym in Denver, I definitely give props to the Denver Bouldering Club for its efforts to remodel its interior and open up the gym 7 days a week to both members and non-members: mountainproject.com/v/the-d…

I just emailed Anne Worley with Movement in Boulder to check in on their potential plans to bring a gym to Denver (and will let you know what she says, with her permission). It really seems like the issue with bringing a gym to Denver hasn't been a lack of funding or a lack of interest, but rather a lack of suitable spaces. If funding were an issue, though, after reading this article theatlanticcities.com/neigh… I'd be intrigued about using a crowdfunding model to bridge the gap and would love to be an investor.

Robbie Flick · · Baltimore, MD · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 16

+1 on having a gym near the Anschutz campus, especially considering the new wellness center here does not have ANY climbing facilities. I'm a student here and there are tons of kids going all the way up to boulder 1-2x a week for some decent climbing. There would be a ton of interest - plus I'd imagine real estate is cheaper out here!

Mike McKinnon · · Golden, CO · Joined Aug 2003 · Points: 65
Robbie Flick wrote:+1 on having a gym near the Anschutz campus, especially considering the new wellness center here does not have ANY climbing facilities. I'm a student here and there are tons of kids going all the way up to boulder 1-2x a week for some decent climbing. There would be a ton of interest - plus I'd imagine real estate is cheaper out here!
Well if you put one there, there would still need to be one accessible for downtown. That place is no where close to downtown and would not relieve any RJ1 crowds.

Right across from Coors Field is a huge brick building with massive double doors and a great parking lot. That would be an awesome place to have a gym. It is emptly nad has been for awhile.

During hte summer, you coudl draga portable wall out side and capture all the kids going to and from Rockies games. You could have a huge boulder placed outside as well for comps.

Great location.
The Good Life Denver · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 5

Mike,

On which side are you referring? Do you know the address?

Thanks,

David

ROC · · Englewood, CO · Joined Feb 2003 · Points: 205

+ 0 for the Anchutz gym. Who wants to go to Aurora for anything. I grew up there and speak from experience. Something close to downtown is necessary. Be nice if it wasn't right in downtown due to traffic and parking issues. I think something along Hwy 6 just West of Denver would be great.

Robbie Flick · · Baltimore, MD · Joined Jul 2010 · Points: 16
Mike McKinnon wrote: Well if you put one there, there would still need to be one accessible for downtown.
Not suggesting a gym near Anschutz would obviate the need for one downtown. My point is that with guaranteed explosive development, anticipated light rail connectivity, cheaper land, and presumably lower taxes, it'd be a safe bet.
BryanV Vernetson · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 120

Speaking about the crowd funding. I think Kickstarter would be a pretty good idea. Certain levels of donation get you different benefits once the gym opens?! We need a "premier" gym a la Movement or City Rock in Fort Collins as well.

bv
www.whiteknuckled.com

The Good Life Denver · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 5

From Movement:

"Yes! I am happy to report we are in full swing. We are engaged with a realtor looking at several different potential locations and are in conversations with investors.

So send us good vibes that all goes well!"

Sending good vibes...

I checked out Climb So Ill in St. Louis this past weekend, which only reinforced my belief that if St. Louis can have 2 good full-service gyms in/near downtown, Denver has no excuse not to at least have one!

David

Jon Zucco · · Denver, CO · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 245
Robbie Flick wrote: Not suggesting a gym near Anschutz would obviate the need for one downtown. My point is that with guaranteed explosive development, anticipated light rail connectivity, cheaper land, and presumably lower taxes, it'd be a safe bet.
Many of the students and employees I know at the Anschutz campus live closer to downtown than Aurora (Park Hill, Stapleton, City Park and Cap Hill). I think something in the RiNo district would work for everyone location-wise. But realistically, I agree with you that real estate is MUCH cheaper in Aurora and might be a better investment.

Ideally, two would be installed. One to serve the metro area and one for Aurora.
Jon Zucco · · Denver, CO · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 245
The Good Life Denver wrote:From Movement: "Yes! I am happy to report we are in full swing. We are engaged with a realtor looking at several different potential locations and are in conversations with investors. So send us good vibes that all goes well!" Sending good vibes... I checked out Climb So Ill in St. Louis this past weekend, which only reinforced my belief that if St. Louis can have 2 good full-service gyms in/near downtown, Denver has no excuse not to at least have one! David
Excited about this. Denver ropes climbers need something soon. Thornton & Centennial are just too far away and way too crowded.
James · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 0
The Good Life Denver wrote:While we are still sorely in need of a premier, full-service (not just bouldering) gym in Denver, I definitely give props to the Denver Bouldering Club for its efforts to remodel its interior and open up the gym 7 days a week to both members and non-members: mountainproject.com/v/the-d… I just emailed Anne Worley with Movement in Boulder to check in on their potential plans to bring a gym to Denver (and will let you know what she says, with her permission). It really seems like the issue with bringing a gym to Denver hasn't been a lack of funding or a lack of interest, but rather a lack of suitable spaces. If funding were an issue, though, after reading this article theatlanticcities.com/neigh… I'd be intrigued about using a crowdfunding model to bridge the gap and would love to be an investor.
Hey, I live downtown and know of a few buildings and sites that would be great! If any input or help is needed, let me know.
John MI · · Boulder, CO · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 55

Anyone know something about Movement grabbing this domain? Hope this is a start..

movementdenver.com/

Brother Numsie · · AnCapistan · Joined Jan 2006 · Points: 880
James D wrote: Hey, I live downtown and know of a few buildings and sites that would be great! If any input or help is needed, let me know.
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The Good Life Denver · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 5

Last time I spoke with them about it they were considering different building options and were in talks w/ investors. It sounds like it isn't a question of "if," it is a question of "when," with the when mostly being dependent upon how long it takes to find a suitable location. Not sure if they found one yet or not (was emailing w/ them last week and they didn't mention finding a location yet).

Cheers,

David

CJJ · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 0

Any word on this?

The Good Life Denver · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 5

Was at Movement a couple weeks ago and they said they potentially had exciting news that could be finalized within a week or so. I'll check in again now. Apparently they are thinking of doing something similar to what they did in Boulder (digging down, partially, instead of simply building up).

David

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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