After 20 years, Stuart Cowles is still hanging around town.
But Cowles, the owner of Climbmax Indoor Climbing Center, will be hanging — climbing, reaching and growing — in another part of town, when he expands his longtime Wall Street business into the River Arts District.
The groundbreaking for the new Smoky Mountain Adventure Center took place Tuesday at 173 Amboy Road, sitting in between the French Broad River Park and Karen Cragnolin and Carrier parks, and across the street from city-owned parking and a greenway. It will house the RAD’s first permanent climbing wall and add to the ever-growing outdoor recreation options in the once-gritty factory-turned-arts-eatery-and tourism-friendly river corridor.
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