Chicago Park District Announce Portion of Maggie Daley Park Open

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly today announced the opening of the Malkin-Sacks Climbing Walls at Maggie Daley Park. The maximum height of the Malkin-Sacks Rock Climbing Walls is approximately 40 feet over a total surface area of 19,000 square feet. Between 25 and 100 climbers can use the climbing walls at one time. The walls are divided into different sections for beginners and advanced climbers, accommodating bouldering, lead-harnessed and top rope climbing. Bouldering is climbing at heights less than 12-15 feet without rope.

Before using the walls, all first-time participants must attend a certification class. Two types of certification are offered: bouldering certification costs $15 and lasts about 15 minutes long, and climbing certification costs $29 and lasts 45-60 minutes. New climbers may also use auto-belay equipment at $45 per hour or take private lessons at $45 per 30 minutes to climb immediately. Repeat climbers and boulderers, as well as patrons who bring their own equipment, are able to climb for a $7 daily fee or a $55 monthly fee. Season passes are also available for $299. Certifications are kept on file for one year. The official dedication of Maggie Daley Park will occur in June.

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