Long-time closure of Atlanta Climbing Gym due to pace of development

Atlanta Rocks has been around for a long time and society is grateful for that, Perry said.

“We don’t have a grudge against our landlord or anything,” he said. “Progress is progress.”

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In this April 1999 photo, Atlanta Rocks general manager Greg Perry is seen climbing at the Doraville indoor climbing gym.

Credit: LOUIE FAVORITE

In this April 1999 photo, Atlanta Rocks general manager Greg Perry is seen climbing at the Doraville indoor climbing gym.

Credit: LOUIE FAVORITE

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In this April 1999 photo, Atlanta Rocks general manager Greg Perry is seen climbing at the Doraville indoor climbing gym.

Credit: LOUIE FAVORITE

Credit: LOUIE FAVORITE

Co-founder Peter Bloeme said the owners “would have loved to keep the gymnasium open for another 25 years” if not for the financial increases due to the region’s growth.

“…ultimately, the accelerating pace of redevelopment of nearby commercial/industrial properties to higher uses, and the uncertainties and rising costs that accompany such redevelopment, have indicated to us that the timing had come to withdraw from this market,” he said in a Press release.

The venue has hosted public figures such as actor Woody Harrelson, former mayor Bill Campbell, comedian Jeff Foxworthy and entertainer Usher, according to the press release. It has served as the setting for TV shows such as “Bad Girls Club”, “MTV Diaries with Ludacris”, “Property Brothers”, “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, and “TI & Tiny”.

Perry said the venture has served as an incubator for other rock climbing ventures, such as Escalade Rock Climbing Kennesaw, Adrenaline Climbing in Suwanee and Stone Summit, which has three locations. He described the underground climbing community today as “very thriving”.

“If these walls could talk, they would tell stories of celebration, triumph over adversity, rediscovered love and personal transformation,” Perry said of the Atlanta Rocks in the release. “These walls would be a testament to the dedication and professionalism of our hard-working and safety-conscious staff. They would speak fondly of our loyal customers for whom the gym has been a sanctuary from the stresses of life.

There are no immediate plans to open another gym in the future, Perry said.

The company, at 1019 Collier Road NW, will host a “Climb-On…Till We Meet Again” gala at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29. with music, food and climbing. It also offers declining prices until it closes, with daily rates escalating from $12.50.

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