Newark Gets Its First Gym

Method Climbing and Fitness
Photo: Method Climbing and Fitness
Method Climbing and Fitness
Photo: Method Climbing and Fitness

Method Climbing & Fitness
Newark, NJ

Specs: 24,000-square-foot climbing facility on Broad Street in Newark’s downtown area, part of a larger mixed-use development of Walker House in the historic NJ Bell building. Of note is that it will be the first “climbing wall facility” in Newark, according to developers. The gym will include 15-foot-high bouldering walls, as well as 27-foot-high walls for various roped climbing. The gym will offer adult and youth programs. Additional amenities will include a weightlifting and cardio-equipment area, as well as regularly scheduled group fitness classes (yoga, boot camp, etc).

Walls: Vertical Solutions
Flooring: Habit

In Their Words: “We are excited to bring rock climbing to Newark, especially during a time when the city is going through such significant change. Each new development brings a new element that helps reshape the city’s identity and sense of community. Rock climbing is not only a fun and challenging sport, but it’s also a social experience with a strong community component. We hope that Method can be a place that brings Newark together and be a small part of the city’s new identity.”  —James Chi, operator

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