Rock climbing is just one of the many other fun ways besides running, biking and lifting weights that people can choose to help them stay active and healthy. While climbing rocks has been a precarious adventure with fitness benefits for centuries, only in recent decades has it become a mainstream form of recreational exercise made possible through manmade facilities with artificial structures.
Although being in nature offers numerous benefits, along with additional requisite safety precautions, not everyone can frequent mountains given the geography in their primary place of residence. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than among most major metropolitan cities across the country.
None of this was lost on the founders of Brooklyn Boulders when they launched the company in 2009. Already boasting locations in New York City, Chicago and Boston, Milwaukee could be the next destination for a Brooklyn Boulders gym according to an article this week from Block Club Chicago. Story authors Mina Bloom and Alex Nitkin detailed the report, writing:
A 40,000-square-foot rock climbing gym and fitness center could be coming to a revamped building in the heart of Logan Square.
GW Properties, the developer behind the Hollander building redevelopment project, is working a plan that would allow New York City-based Brooklyn Boulders to open a gym and fitness center in the soon-to-be rehabbed building at 2418 N. Milwaukee Ave.
It’s unclear if a deal has been signed. Mitch Goltz of GW Properties wasn’t immediately available for an interview Tuesday afternoon. A spokesperson for Brooklyn Boulders didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
The City Council’s Zoning Committee on Tuesday approved GW Properties’ plan to redevelop the Hollander building site.
To read Bloom and Nitkin’s full writeup, click here.