North America’s Largest Climbing Gym Opens in Englewood
ENGLEWOOD – Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness will open North America’s largest indoor climbing gym tomorrow, August 31. The 53,000-square-foot facility in Englewood takes over the previous Sports Authority headquarters at 1050 W Hampden Ave.
The new facility will feature world-class climbing and bouldering, along with amenities such as a yoga studio, fitness and cardio zones, climbing classes, a fully-stocked retail gear shop, high-end locker rooms and onsite childcare.
“We’re thrilled to open this new facility in Englewood and become a part of the thriving neighborhood,” stated Earth Treks CEO, Robert Cohen. “The Denver community has always been great to us and is already extremely involved in climbing, adventure and fitness. With the nearby University of Denver and Denver Tech Center and convenient access to light rail and bike trails, we expect many locals to capitalize on the location to try something new, take their fitness to the next level, and join an amazing new social network.”
Earth Treks employed Maryland-based JR Bernlohr Architects to design the new facility, which involved constructing a new 50’ high roof to accommodate high-roped climbing. Bernlohr Architects has designed multiple Earth Treks facilities, including its Maryland locations in Columbia and Baltimore and its Crystal City location near Arlington.
The Englewood facility will be the second Earth Treks facility in Colorado, with another located west of Denver in Golden. Along with climbing, bouldering, yoga, and fitness amenities, the Englewood gym has multiple features which will help foster a sense of community within the facility. A gathering area, which sits between the high-roped climbing and bouldering zones, will serve as the central space for the facility, providing a place for guests to congregate when they are not climbing and doubling as a stage or space for events. The space will additionally feature other communal areas which people can use as work spaces or lounges.
Earth Treks will be hosting a grand opening party for members of the community on September 22. The free event will feature food, drinks, entertainment, and staff will be onsite to help teach you how to climb.
Photo courtesy of Earth Treks