The new developments join a variety of other tenants at the complex that generally fall within the realms of fitness, sports and children’s activities. Tenants such as Cypress Academy, 6-Strings Music Academy, Ollin Athletics, Steppin Time Dance Studio and a FINS swimming school have opened at the complex over the past few years.
Mike Keyser—owner of Diverse Management & Development, the company developing the complex—said he thought there was a need for more recreational activities in the Cypress area, particularly places where parents can take their children.
“When you look at Bridgeland and Blackhorse Ranch and the surrounding area, you have a lot of kids,” Keyser said. “As a parent trying to take these kids to different places for different activities, it starts to get difficult getting around a growing, congested area. The idea is to bring more youth-focused activities into one area.”
Work on InSPIRE Rock is expected to be completed this summer, Keyser said.
Although the building’s footprint is 15,000 square feet, it will offer 24,000 square feet of climbing space with the additional space coming from a planned mezzanine, said Paul Short, the founder of the InSPIRE Rock location on Louetta Road in Spring who is helping launch the Cypress location.
The gym will offer climbing lessons and camps as well as team-building events, classes for children and a party center, Short said. The building will be tall enough to feature a 63.5-foot high climbing wall, he said.
“The Cypress location will be over 25 percent larger than our facility in Spring,” Short said. “When we built the spring location, we went up to 43 feet, and people thought that was high. They haven’t seen anything yet.”
The Cypress gym will be run by Brian Robbins, a Cypress resident and avid climber who met Short after the Spring InSPIRE Rock opened in 2013.
Robbins said he has not worked for InSPIRE Rock before in any official capacity, but that he has experience training youth climbers at the Spring location and often travels with teams to competitive climbing events. He said he is excited to bring climbing to Cypress.
“I think rock climbing is not the most well-known sport, but it’s something that more and more people are getting into,” he said.
The athletics facility, which is expected to be completed this fall, will be large enough to house six full court basketball courts, said Keyser. It could also be converted for a variety of purposes, including indoor soccer, volleyball and pickleball, a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton and tennis.
Keyser said he is in talks with local sports associations—including Cy-Fair Sports Association and Excel Volleyball—on using the facility to host tournaments. The center will also feature a snack bar and communal area with seating.
Future tenants at the complex could include a yoga studio and several restaurants, Keyser said. Plans for the site also include a three-story office and retail building, which is due to be finished in February 2019.
Keyser said he also plans to build a third entrance/exit from the southern side of the facility to House and Hahl Road to accommodate the anticipated increases in traffic.
“We’re thinking the climbing gym and the basketball facility will bring a lot of people to the area,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of demand.”