Atlanta's Cook Park

Climb Walls in Atlanta

The North Face announces the location of its second public climbing boulder in Atlanta’s Westside as a part of its Walls Are Meant for Climbing initiative.

Climbing is powerful. It’s a sport built on the desire to explore and reliant on trust and partnership. It brings people together. This week, we’re bringing a new opportunity for exploration to Atlanta’s Westside, the new home of our next free, public climbing boulder. The boulder, alongside another boulder we unveiled last year in Denver, is supported by Walls Are Meant for Climbing, the Explore Fund and the Trust for Public Land. It’s part of a national effort to create access to outdoor recreation through building public climbing walls in underserved communities across the nation.

We’re excited that our newest boulder will be placed within Rodney Cook Sr. Park - a 16-acre neighborhood park currently under construction in the Westside, which will serve more than 3,500 residents in the Vine City and English Avenue neighborhoods. Through the efforts of The Trust for Public Land, and many other local groups, not only will this park beautify the area, but the park’s landscape design and green infrastructure will help alleviate historical flooding that has impacted the neighborhood. The park will create vital space for the community to enjoy the benefits of exploring outdoors. "We’re always striving for new ways to connect people to the outdoors,” said Diane Regas President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land. “This partnership will help find not just the next generation of climbers, but the future outdoor stewards and leaders. We thank The North Face for its commitment to this work and to bringing people together outside.”

This week, we are bringing together members and groups in the local community including CHRIS 180 (a local mental health, child welfare and family service organization), the Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA, and the youth they work with to design a custom boulder that will be built in their backyard. Fred Campbell and Manoah Ainuu, athletes with The North Face, will provide background on the sport and climbing lessons for youth so they’re ready to hop onto the boulder once it’s unveiled later in 2019.

“We are excited to partner with The North Face on this innovative project on the Westside. Our youth are smart, adventurous and are always looking for a good challenge! By giving them the opportunity to influence and design the boulder wall, we are empowering them to be a part of changing and improving their community,” says Cindy Simpson, VP & Chief Operating Officer of CHRIS 180.

As the climbing community in Atlanta continues to grow, our hope is that youth on the Westside feel encouraged and connected to the park, not only through designing the climbing wall, but in leaving a lasting legacy in their neighborhood. We are thrilled to be working with the Atlanta community to create a space where youth can build trust and push their own limits of exploration. They inspire us all to think more hopefully about the community we can build - as climbers, as outdoor enthusiasts, and as believers in the good of humanity.

January 18th, 2019

Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land