Funding appeal for climbing wall dream
HERE is how Macclesfield’s new climbing centre will look thanks to £50k of investment.
Macclesfield Multi Activity Centre (MAC) is close to completing its bouldering area – a low level climbing wall for use without ropes.
The not-for-profit Community Interested Company has been helped by fundraising and grants including £15,000 from Macclesfield Town Council and £7,000 from Decipher Construction Management based on Hulley Road.
But the dream is still to install a top-of-the-range climbing wall and MAC is appealing for help to make it happen.
Andy Brooks, the brains behind the concept, said: “When we set up the CIC our ambitions were to create a brilliant climbing centre and invest all profit back into the centre. We are doing exactly what we set out to do. We support our community and reinvest all profit.
“The total cost we have invested into the climbing walls is £45,000. But we still have a way to go and are looking for local companies like Decipher and organisations like Macclesfield Town Council to help.”
The venture was launched two years ago through crowdfunding and saw 114 backers raise more than £5,000.
The plans for 11 different individual climbing sections including climbing walls rising to a maximum height of 7.5 metres got planning permission.
But the ambitious £450,000 project was hampered by a lack of funding and instead opened as an indoor roller-skating rink, cafe and community room. The facility on Goodall Street then received another set back when it was damaged by flooding. It is hoped that the climbing facilities will open by December.
The new bouldering walls at MAC activity centre in Macclesfield