Brooklyn Boulders Eckington (aka BKB Eckington)
Specs: 31,000-square-foot bouldering-focused gym will expand the Brooklyn Boulders brand, which already includes locations in New York (Gowanus and Queensbridge), Illinois (West Loop and Lincoln Park), and Massachusetts (Somerville).
In addition to various bouldering walls (including a 65-foot-long cave called “The Beast” that will span two levels), BKB Eckington will feature campus boards, a hangboard station with articulating training walls, locker rooms with showers and saunas, a weight room and open fitness area—with treadmills, stationary bikes, rowers and other equipment, a yoga studio as well as a group fitness studio, a “recovery lounge,” workspaces, a youth/party room, and a retail area.
BKB Eckington is set to be the first dedicated climbing gym located in the heart of Washington D.C., according to the company, and has a tentatively scheduled opening for this summer (2021). The gym will be the anchor tenant for a new mixed-use, multi-building community called Quincy Lane. The area will include condos, apartments, retail shops, and a community rooftop pool. Additionally, the gym will be located near Gallaudet University, D.C.’s central train station (Union Station), an REI store, and other prominent businesses.
In Their Words: “We’re excited to bring an innovative bouldering gym to D.C. who similarly to Brooklyn, has storied history in culture and community. We’re committed to making climbing accessible to anyone with interest and, we plan to be very intentional about weaving facets of the community into the gym experience. The new gym will also showcase our new proprietary technology that makes climbing more accessible and enjoyable to new climbers while pushing the bounds of performance for committed athletes.”
—Martin Adler, CEO
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