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New San Francisco Climbing Gym To Open in December

Written by Eddie SunUpdated at Aug. 22, 2023 • 4:40pmPublished Aug. 19, 2023 • 9:00am
According to planning documents, this 6,000-square-foot vacant building at 1264 Folsom St. could become a climbing gym run by California Climbing Collective. | Source: Eddie Sun/The Standard

Climbing enthusiasts could soon welcome a new 6,000-square-foot gym in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood.

Planning permits filed by California Climbing Collective seek to turn the vacant building on 1264 Folsom St. into a climbing gym.

Radu Popescu, the co-owner of California Climbing Collective, told The Standard that he is aiming for a December opening date. The climbing gym will be the first location the Collective opens.

"California Climbing Collective is born from a group of passionate industry professionals who envision a community-focused climbing gym," Popescu said. "We believe climbing enhances both physical and mental well-being."

The gym will add to the bevy of climbing facilities throughout the city as the workout alternative becomes more popular. Mission Cliffs in the Mission District offers a five-story high climbing wall, and Movement in the Presidio provides climbing space with views of Crissy Field.

According to the Collective's website, information about a membership presale is coming soon.

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