Rock climbing may have next hold on recreation

Posted: August 21, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Jason Groves (from left), co-owner of Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale, climbs Friday on one of the gym’s three climbing walls as his wife, Bridgette Groves, and Landon Carpenter, a worker at the gym, watch. The Bentonville Planning Commission has approved the construction of a similar facility.

BENTONVILLE -- Rock climbing is ascending the adventure sport list throughout the country, including Northwest Arkansas, according to area climbers.

Jordan Kight of Rogers climbs Friday at Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale. A facility planned for Bentonville will be 14,447 square feet.

Jason Groves, co-owner of Ozark Climbing Gym in Springdale, climbs Friday on one of the gym’s three climbing walls. The Bentonville Planning Commissio...

Climbing gyms

The number of climbing gyms that opened each year in the United States grew from 2009 until it peaked in 2015 at 37. Twenty-seven gyms opened last year, giving the country 414.

Source: Climbing Business Journal

Area gyms

• Ozark Climbing Gym: 875 E. Robinson Ave. in Springdale, www.ozarkclimbing.com.

• La Casa Pollo Sports Climbing: 17495 Lake Sequoyah Road in Fayetteville, www.lcp200.com.

• University of Arkansas Outdoor Center in Fayetteville has a gym that’s open students, University Recreation members or guests of them. For more information, urec.uark.edu/outdoors/climbing-facilities/climbing-wall.php.

Source: Staff report

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