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Jan. 14, 2010 at 7:31am

Vertical World Tacoma Opening This Week

May the sewer gods have mercy their permitting process

A post from Tuesday on their website excitedly announces that the new Vertical World climbing gym on the corner of 24th and "A" Street will be opening this week! On my daily drives by to and from work I've noticed the walls have gone up, been painted all different colors, and splattered with dashes of neon from all the holds put in place. It looks fantastic!

Check out some of the photos they've posted on their Facebook:

Sounds like the only thing they're waiting for is some sewer related stuff with the City. Check out this tweet from last week:

For those who don't know, we are at the mercy of the sewer Gods. The City found out, after only 50 years of flushing, that the building was never hooked up to the system. Next time you swim in Commencement Bay, give us a thought. Now we are waiting on them to sort this out.

Welcome to the neighborhood (port-a-potty and all)!

comments [12]  |  posted under business, climbing, fitness, gym, tacoma, vertical world


by fredo on 1/14/2010 @ 8:54am
Kevin, this looks cool. I can't place the building, what does it look like from the outside? Any shots?

by KevinFreitas on 1/14/2010 @ 9:09am
Yeah, here's a couple pics from my previous post about Vertical World:

It's just across "A" from where the new Eagle Tire went in.

by tommyllew on 1/14/2010 @ 10:42am
As an out-of-shape middle-aged guy who recently climbed at EdgeWorks over on Pearl for the first time, let me just say that if you've never been to a climbing gym, it is a seriously fun way to make your muscles feel like jello.

by Erik on 1/14/2010 @ 10:59am
Very cool!

by fredo on 1/14/2010 @ 11:04am
Kevin, thanks for the pictures. My nine year old will love this place and I like to support locally owned enterprises such as this.

Here's an unrelated issue suggested by your picture. The city has a habit of planting trees right in front of retail businesses in Tacoma. This blocks their signage. Look at the design of the building under discussion. The landscaping does not harmonize with the building facade. The owners will never be able to capture attention to the building and it's signage because of the improperly located tree. Putting a tree right in front of a beautiful old building is kind of like sewing a third breast onto Jenna Jamison. It's a good idea that doesn't work. This is what people get with "complete streets."

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/14/2010 @ 11:32am
In the business district, trees belong on a median in the MIDDLE of the road (Like Union but smaller... maybe like 1st Ave in Seattle in Pioneer Square).

But hey, this does look pretty sick. I'm going to have to check this out on my next day off.

by fredo on 1/14/2010 @ 11:37am
Thorax, agreed. All landscaping needs to be appropriate in terms of scale, location, and maintenance requirements. A blind person can see that the tree in the picture blocks the signage. Shame on the city's Economic Development Department for allowing the squalid attempt at urban renewel.

by KevinFreitas on 1/14/2010 @ 12:45pm
@tommyllew: I'm with you. I'm not a fan of edges myself (heights are fine) but I'm totally open to giving this a shot sometime!

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/14/2010 @ 1:27pm
Okay everybody, there's the proof in the outside photo:
A one-story building and it's called Vertical World.

No more complaining about building heights in downtown Tacoma.

It's all just a matter of perspective.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/14/2010 @ 1:39pm
To a hedgehog, the Tacoma Financial Center must seem like the Burj Dubai

by jenyum on 1/14/2010 @ 9:54pm
Yeah, we have a lot of horizontal space to fill in Tacoma! This looks very cool. It's nice to see more active indoor entertainment options opening in Tacoma.

Jason had his best weekend yet at Tacoma Tactical, there's definitely a market for stuff to do other than eating and drinking coffee.

by KevinFreitas on 1/15/2010 @ 6:47am
It does look like they're using this space incredibly well. Kudos to them and their design team! I totally wish Tacoma Skate were located nearby -- could've been some pretty awesome synergy there.


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.


Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!

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