While we’ve been remote working, attending online classes, and getting creative with indoor activities, a Boulder-based nonprofit has been cranking the creative gears to design a hangout space unlike any other. It’s part junkyard, part coffee-bar, part venue, and so much more. Here’s what you need to know about the Junkyard Social Club.
What is Junkyard Social Club?
The idea for Junkyard Social Club originated from the desire of wanting a space where kids and adults could be engaged in thought-provoking activities while meeting new people and enjoying a nice beverage. The Junkyard, as it is lovingly called, is “pro kids, pro adults, pro fun”. The space is set to include an adventure playground for children and adults, pop-up challenges and experiments, maker classes, beer and coffee bar, food trucks, and more. Much of the park is under construction currently but it plans to open officially in July.
While the actual “junkyard” is under construction, the nonprofit has launched a few educational programs. As of this writing, parents can rent “take home kits” that include DIY experiments that teach learners STEM subjects in a hands-on way. For remote learners who are still in school, participate in JSC’s study hall four days a week in Longmont so children can still receive social interaction and adult instruction.
An adult-friendly playground could be just what we all need after a year cooped up at home. This found-object play palace is just as interesting to look at as it is to explore. By befriending regional junkyard owners, Junkyard Social Club has been able to acquire some pretty interesting objects including a boat, an airplane, and a bus. Be on the lookout for a life-sized giraffe, umbrellas made from vehicle hoods, and so much more.
Food and Drink
As a non-profit, The Junkyard Social Club has grants and funding for various projects, including a coffee, beer, and wine station. It plans to construct a lounge area complete with a taproom and coffee bar. Local beers will have a permanent place, while wine, coffee, and other beverages will also be available. Food trucks will be ready to serve up hungry adventurers, explorers, and creators once the social club is open.
A crowdfunding campaign is underway and the nonprofit has almost reached its goal of $45,000. If you’d like to get involved financially, consider donating. If you enjoy working with children, want to hone your carpentry skills, or simply think this is an awesome idea to get behind, sign up to volunteer. A lot of human power went into creating the Junkyard Social Club, and more is needed to complete the entire vision.