Reaching New Heights...

What if the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center could…

  • Use the 5,000 square foot green space next to its building, and

  • Offer a fitness/recreation activity that will be the first in our community, and

  • Add a new revenue source that will help us keep our membership rates affordable

What is it…

The EdgarMay would like to develop the community’s first 40’ rock climbing tower, featuring six belay stations, a ropes course element and unique challenges for unique populations.  In addition to the tower, we hope to develop the space for outdoor fitness opportunities, picnics, and more.

Rock climbing is a growing sport, especially in New England.  It provides a total body workout with many health benefits including building strength, endurance, and stability, as well as boosting brain function and getting people outdoors.  Rock Climbing will be an Olympic sport for the first time in 2020, highlighting its growing popularity.  It is an activity that appeals to all ages, especially youth. 

With this space the EdgarMay will be able to expand its membership base and program opportunities.  The space will operate from late April through early October. This will allow us to bring new participants to our organization and our community.  It will also allow the EdgarMay to be more of a destination in the warmer months.  Children and families, can combine rock climbing with swimming and a picnic to create a day long adventure, right here Springfield at the EdgarMay.

Project Costs:

The total projected cost for this important addition to our organization is $114,000.  This includes the climbing tower itself ($64,000), site work ($10,000), fencing ($30,000) and outdoor fitness equipment ($10,000).

Tower Project Participation Levels

“Leader”--The climber who goes up first - $5,000 and up

“Anchor”-- method for securing a climber to a rock face to prevent a fall - $2,500-$4,999

“Carabiner”--Snap link used to connect the rope to the anchor - $1,000-$2,499

“Ascender”--Helps climber use the rope to move upward - $500-$999

“Belayer”--Manages the rope to catch the climber in case of fall or slip - $100-$499

“Climbing Buddy”--Solid partner you depend on for support and sharing the overall experience – up to $100

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