All Out Adventures moving to Easthampton

  • All Out Adventures’ future home at 1 Cottage St., which is owned by Riverside Industries and used by Riverside and Cottage Street Studios, is seen in Easthampton.

For the Gazette
Published: 8/7/2019 5:04:11 PM

Outdoor recreation nonprofit All Out Adventures is moving from its State Street building in Northampton to Easthampton, a move prompted by the sale of another building where its landlord has his law office.

With the building on Gothic Street where attorney Sean Sullivan works being sold, he plans to move into his own building at 214 State St., the current home of All Out Adventures, said Karen Foster, executive director of the nonprofit. 

All Out Adventures will take up residence on the fifth floor of the Riverside Industries building at 1 Cottage St. in Easthampton, where the nonprofit will stay until the end of the year while looking for a permanent location. The organization’s last day in Northampton will be Aug. 31, and it will reopen the next day in its new location.

Although the location is OK for now, Foster said, it isn’t ideal in the long run.

“We sell recumbent trikes, so we need to be on the ground level,” she said. “In the future, we’d love to stay in Northampton, in a place that’s wheelchair accessible and near the bike path.”

The move comes amid financial troubles for the nonprofit that started last fall after running more programs than usual — programs for which it charges little to no fees. 

“While our landlord needing us to move wasn’t motivated by our financial situation, it definitely forced us to look at the numbers,” Foster said. “The community  has really helped us quite a bit. We’ve seen a spike in donations and offers of support, and that’s been huge.”

All Out Adventures is a nonprofit that organizes outdoor recreation activities for people with disabilities. Their next event is the Sept. 22 Kayak-a-thon which, according to the press release sent to the Gazette, is the most important fundraiser of the year. 

Signing up for this is a way for people to support the organization, Foster said. 

“We also really need people on our board of directors,” she said. “It’s a great way to get involved. What we’re doing is really an investment in building community.”

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