Brooklyn Boulders Somerville will be celebrating its grand opening with a four-day festival of free rock climbing, food trucks, and performances beginning on Wednesday, July 31.
The rock climbing business, located at 12A Tyler Street, features 25,000 square feet of climbing terrain as well as a cafe, fitness rooms, a yoga studio, collaborative workspaces, and retail.
Co-founder Lance Pinn said they decided to turn the grand opening into a four-day festival—which ends on Saturday, August 3—to ensure that everyone in the community has a day or two in which they can experience the facility for free.
“This is basically something no one has ever experienced before in this area,” Pinn said. “Different types of people are available different days of the week. We want to corral people together in one or two days to get that community flowing.”
The festival will include live music, dance performances, aerialists, catering, an indoor street fair, and food trucks such as The Chicken and Rice Guys and Fugu. Throughout the four-day opening, the community is invited to tour the facility, climb for free, and learn more about BKB Somerville.
Pinn said that while the facility provides a resource for area climbers and other fitness groups, his greater hope is that BKB Somerville will become a place to bring together different groups of people to better foster innovation. He said that the space is more than simply a rock climbing facility: It is a building that encourages and supports growth and ingenuity by merging the worlds of fitness, creativity, and community.
“It’s an evolving mission that started with the idea that climbing was a groundbreaking experience for me and my business partners,” Pinn said. “It caused us to literally look up at the world and conquer things outside. That’s kind of synonymous with the evolved mission that incorporates all these [aspects of the facility].”
Pinn is excited to finally open BKB Somerville’s doors to the community. He described Somerville as the Brooklyn of Boston, and the company has tried to capture its energy and creativity by incorporating local art and edge into the New York-based company’s character. With the new facility, he hopes it will challenge the community to grow in a new way by “blurring the lines between work, life, and play.”
“We’ve always been trying to accommodate the community and to get them to interact in ways they normally wouldn’t, just so we can change their lives,” Pinn said.
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville will be open to the public for free at the following times:
Wednesday, July 31: 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Thursday, August 1: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday, August 2: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Saturday, August 3: 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Due to the expected crowds, BKB Somerville requests that attendees fill out online waivers prior to arrival.
For more information about gear, parking, or activities, visit the event’s Facebook page.