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Fundraising campaign started for new Nelson climbing gym

The Kootenay Climbing Association has begun its official public fundraising campaign
An architectural rendering of the proposed climbing gym to be built in Nelson at the Tenth Street Campus. (Kootenay Climbing Association)

The Kootenay Climbing Association (KCA) has launched its official public fundraising campaign to build a new climbing community centre in Nelson.

Individuals and businesses can sign on to become patrons of the new facility, pledging a monthly donation for a period of two years. The minimum amount to become a patron is $25 a month for individuals, and $250 a month for businesses. 

Patrons receive special benefits and perks at the new facility, including their name on a commemorative plaque that will hang in the entryway and discounts on purchases like a season’s pass to climb.

“There’s a legacy element to patronage,” says Jayme Moye, KCA vice president. “You are creating something really special for the community, and will be remembered as such.” 

The new climbing community centre, which will be constructed using mass timber, a cutting-edge, low-carbon alternative to traditional construction, has an estimated cost of $11 million. KCA hopes to break ground in the fall of 2026.

“We’re aiming to raise $1-$2 million from individuals and businesses signing up to become patrons,” says Moye, “and the rest through government grants.” 

Cam Shute, KCA’s expansion chair, says the public fundraising campaign could make or break the project.

“It’s really key that we show the government how committed our community is to this project,” Shute says. 

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