National Climbing Competition Set For Downtown "Climbing Wall" This Fall

Monday, August 4, 2014

There will be a national competition this fall on the popular "climbing wall" at the former Bijou Theater downtown, Kim White, River City Company president, said.

She said the world record for climbing the 65-foot wall is six seconds.

Ms. White said an average 283 people per day are utilizing the downtown climbing facility, and more than 20,000 have visited since Dec. 2.

She said it is so popular that the owners have taken the last 5,000 square feet of space for an area that will be for kids only.

Ms. White said the idea for the climbing business came after a meeting with officials of Rock Creek Outfitters, who suggested that it be included and that all the construction be done at the same time.

She said the idea for the outside climbing wall continued to grow and it ended up costing $1.9 million. She said it initially was just a single tower, but it gradually spread to a wide area along Broad Street.

Ms. White said one inspiration came when she saw a wall of a parking garage in Sarasota, Fla., that was decorated with art. That helped lead to the light features that show up at night. 

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