“Brooklyn Boulders Somerville is a hybrid climbing facility built on the premise that physicality stimulates innovation and creativity. Our goal is to provide a new type of curated community space anchored by 38,000 square feet of sophisticated, challenging climbing terrain augmented by art, culture, music and entrepreneurship.”
The climbing gym standard is rising, and jumping on the revamped-gym bandwagon is Brooklyn Boulders. The premiere bouldering facility of New York is opening up at monstrous 38,000 square foot second location in Somerville, Massachusetts in early summer, which begs the question “So what? It’s just another climbing gym.”
Au contraire my dear friends, au contraire.
Try: climbing gym with the amenities of a yoga studio, a sauna, several multifunctional spaces for local artists and food vendors, as well as space for outdoor gear retailers to set up shop, with the gym rotating brands every three months. This coupled with the fact that you’ll be able to watch T-Swift and Ondra’s new video in high speed while you’re warmed by a fire in the glass encased climber’s lounge is sure to attract a lot of rock nerds in the Cambridge area.
“If you look at the traditional, more linear climbing gym model is…you come from work, you change into your climbing clothes you get your workout in, you go home. But we really want this to be a place where on your day off—because it’s a biking community, its a pedestrian area—that you’ll want to stop in there.” —Gavin Heverly, COO of Massachusetts newest gym
This is not going to be your typical rock wall-plus-workout room climbing gym. The idea behind this grand scale wonderland is that it will become an area where people can just hang out (see what I did there?). There isn’t a single reason you would need to go home from this place. Food, clothes, showers, fire… and as for a place to crash well…what’d you think all those mats were for? “You’ve got Harvard Square, Central Square, MIT, Tufts University, it’s a really central location in a great community, we’re really excited about it,” says Gavin Heverly on the prime location of the gym. “We’re going to be driving traffic to the outdoors too, so that’s something that’s really important to us, that trickles down into how to teach people [about climbing outside], so all of our instructors will be AMGA certified.”
Within it’s 38,000 square feet, the new gym will consist of around 24,000 square feet of climbing including a 70’x14′ bouldering wall, 140’x22′ main bouldering feature, a 50′ lead climbing feature as well as 30′-50′ top roping and leading sections. The gym is hoping to be up and running by early June, and membership pre-sale is going on at their webpage bkbsomerville.com, but for now, hard-hat, candle-lit dinners and gym tours are how BKB Somerville is connecting with the community:
For a mini tour of the gym be sure to watch BKB Somerville’s promo video which you can find here, and on their website: