The Block Announces New Kid’s Only Climbing Gym At Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Block, Chattanooga’s newest downtown development which puts a spotlight on Chattanooga’s growing outdoor reputation, announced a new tenant. The anchor tenant of The Block, High Point Climbing and Fitness -a state of the art indoor/outdoor climbing and bouldering facility with an 11,000 square foot public art piece with 5,000 square feet of functional climbing space on the Broad Street façade of the building, is creating a 3,000 square foot kid’s only climbing gym which will be called, Funtopia by High Point.  Located at the corner of Chestnut and 3rd Street, Funtopia by High Point will fill the last remaining retail space in The Block.

The ribbon cutting and open house held last Friday brought over 150 to The Block to hear the announcement and tour the facility which also includes a Rock/Creek storefront and a soon to be completed, Chattz Coffee Shop.

“With our current membership over 600 and daily passes well above projections, we feel this is the perfect time to expand our facility and to cater to a portion of our clientele that have come to our gym in mass: children and their families,” states John Wiygul, partner and general manager of High Point Climbing and Fitness. “With a location between the Creative Discovery Museum and the Tennessee Aquarium, Funtopia will be another great family attraction in Downtown Chattanooga.”

With total investment in The Block from all partners and storefronts totaling 7.5 million dollars, The Block is 100% a local development, not only from the local businesses housed in the facility, but also utilizing a local architect, Craig Peavey, and contractor, The Strauss Co.

“The Block has already proven to be a game changer in the way our community experiences downtown”, states CEO of River City Company, Kim White.   “The facility highlights Chattanooga’s outdoor reputation to residents and as well as visitors.  We’ve been thrilled with the crowds and the overwhelming positive response it’s already received.  We are also pleased that all the businesses in the Block are local entrepreneurs investing in our downtown.  This is part of what keeps the Downtown Chattanooga experience authentic.” 

Funtopia by High Point is slated to open in 2014.

Tennessee Aquarium To Open Southeast's Only Independent Freshwater Science Center Oct. 27

The Tennessee Aquarium will open the Southeast’s only independent freshwater science center next Thursday at 10 a.m. This new home for the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will be the base of operations for their research scientists, and a central location for other freshwater scientists to convene. (click for more)

TWRA Announces Availability Of Riparian Tree Planing Grants For 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with riparian tree planting projects.  All seedlings must be purchased through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 7; Blaze Ruled Accidental

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

Clarence Ross, Leshawn Witherow Shot On Walden Avenue Friday Afternoon

Chattanooga Police are investigating a shooting that happened early Friday afternoon at the 6300 block of Walden Avenue.  Clarence Ross, 41, And Leshawn Witherow, 40, suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Hamilton County EMS transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment.  There is no suspect information at this time.  Investigators with ... (click for more)

Where Is The Speed Control On Our Highways? - And Response (2)

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)