Boston Children’s Museum announced that the New Balance Foundation has continued their support of the Museum by providing funding to refurbish and revitalize the iconic New Balance Foundation three-story climb.
Originally opened with a $5M capital campaign donation from New Balance Athletics in 2007, the 3-story climbing sculpture is made of flowing curved platforms, rising up through the glass lobby of Boston Children’s Museum. Children are both challenged and delighted as they attempt safe risk-taking and find their way through the 3D, full body puzzle. The recent renovation, completed by Luckey Climbers, the original creator of the exhibit, included replacing existing cable and platform material refinishing all platforms; covering platforms with ECOsurfaces recycled rubber and running new cable to enclose the structure. There is also a surprise element for visitors that are familiar with the former climb; they may find some pathways have changed a bit.
“New Balance has been a preeminent supporter of the Museum and its mission for many years, and we are deeply appreciative of its generosity,” said Carole Charnow, President and CEO. “Through their significant support, the New Balance Foundation has made it possible for thousands of children to experience this one-of-a kind vertical maze that builds their confidence and develops key social, cognitive and physical skills.”
“New Balance Foundation remains committed to Boston Children’s Museum and their efforts to engage children in fun hands-on learning and play. For so many young visitors, the climb is a confidence boosting experience – one that sparks their passion for movement and exploration,” said Anne Davis, managing trustee, New Balance Foundation.
“This project holds a very special place in my heart as Boston Children’s Museum is the birthplace of Luckey Climbers back in 1985,” said Spencer Luckey. “That first climber was retired after about a decade, so I am thrilled that this one will live on enabling kids to be kids.”