AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin boulders are coming.
And there’s no telling how many more will be coming.
The bouldering community here is growing every day, and the project that started with just a handful of boulders in 2010 has grown to more than 100.
Boulder City is the name of the bouldering facility.
The first boulders were laid in a gravel pit and the first bouldering pads were laid at a park in 2013.
Over the years, the project has expanded to include a parking lot, a playground, a parking garage and even a hotel.
“We’re really excited to be here and to be able to share our love of bouldering with the community,” said Erin MacKaye, a member of the Boulder City Bouldering Club.
Last year, the boulders hosted more than 300 people, and more than 2,000 people attended the annual bouldering festival.
More boulders will be laid in the next few months, and by 2020, Boulder City expects to have more than 1,000 boulders.
The project also has plans for a new building on the site of the original boulders, a facility that will be able hold up to 20,000 visitors a year, as well as a restaurant and other businesses.
A few hundred feet from the park is a small community called Boulder City Village.
It’s where locals gather and talk about the project.
Some are excited for the construction.
I think there’s going to be a lot of good things, said John Blevins, who has been living in Boulder City since 2000.
“The boulders and the facilities, the new building.
And I think people are going to really enjoy it.”
Other residents say the project will bring more tourists and businesses.
But they worry about the impact the project could have on the community.
There’s still a long way to go, said Mike Blevin, who lives in Boulder Town.
People are coming to Boulder City, I don’t think we’re close to being able to get a grip on it.
The more we work with the government and with the county, we’re going to get closer, he said.
When it comes to the park, some Boulder City residents say they are more worried about the new development than the boulderers themselves.
Everyone who comes to Boulder Town is going to have to pay to use the park.
I think we’ll have more people using the park than boulders,” said John Sullenberger, who owns Boulder Town Market.
In the meantime, the community is getting to know the project from afar, said Dan Fong, who is a local artist who helps run the Boulder city park.
Every day, people come here and talk to me about the boulderies, and I think they’ll have a great time, said Fong.
That could be a good thing.
People are coming here and talking about the process and it’s going really well, he added.
But some Boulder residents aren’t convinced that the bouldered boom is worth it.
If you were a big guy who was born in the 1980s, you probably would be looking at it and thinking, ‘Wow, it’s really nice to have that kind of a project, but you have to spend money,'” said Jim Womack, who works at the Austin Boulders Club.
“It’s not really the way you would build your house.
You know, you need a lot more time to build a house, but it’s not that big a deal.
It’s just an addition to the building.”
The project will be the biggest development to come to Boulder County in decades.
We want to build the community and we want to keep the bouldery boom going, said Jim Sullengart, a Boulder City resident.
With more than 70 years of experience, he’s seen how the project can benefit the community, and he’s hopeful the community will see a return on investment.
At this point, Boulder County is not in a rush to build.
The county has already laid more than 15,000 trees.
This project is so important to Boulder, said Mayor Andy Wilder.
He said he hopes the city and county can continue to invest in the project and support the community as they grow.
He’s also hoping the boulder boom can inspire people to come here to play.
“There are so many people who have never been here, and this is something that has helped them find their identity,” he said, adding that the project also gives people a chance to reconnect with their roots.
Austin Boulderers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
For more information, visit boulderingproject.org.