Cllr John Pritchard, the Mayor of Wrexham, formally cut the ribbon at Waterworld today to mark the official opening of its newly improved facilities.
The long-awaited refurbishment of Wrexham’s town centre facilities is now fully completed ending five months of improvement works, which saw Wrexham County Borough Council invest £1.5m in to this one centre alone. This work along with that done at the other local authority centres in the area (totalling £2.7m) was all done to ensure the provision of the best possible facilities for residents and visitors in Wrexham.
The changes at Waterworld are clear to see from the moment you enter the building, with the former entryway now a brand new, state-of-the-art MYRIDE indoor cycling studio – with virtual cycling software, offering scenic locations and a highly immersive cycling experience for personal and group training.
The improved gym area packed full of the latest kit, complete with an Omnia rig, also features the Technogym Wellness Cloud system, which allows members to monitor their progress, tracking workouts on a personal USB stick which plugs into the many pieces of kit and has an associated app for people to hold on their phones.
Finally, a new reception area complete with a refurbished café and seating area now greets visitors to the Leisure and Activity Centre, with Costa Coffee on sale, and the ladies ground floor changing rooms for gym users have also been refurbished to provide a bright new, modern space.
The official opening saw Welsh Assembly Members, Lesley Griffiths AM and Mark Isherwood AM, join His Worshipful the Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr Paul Rogers and Cllr Paul Jones, along with directors from Freedom Leisure to watch demos on the Omnia rig, with some even taking part.
Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, said: “The opening was to formally mark the completion of work and hand the facilities over to the public, and we were delighted to have Welsh Assembly Members and local councillors join us.
“We are extremely proud of the new facilities, especially as the cycling studio and gym are now able to rival the best private gyms! Most importantly, users have already reported to us how happy they are with the enhanced facilities and offerings – which is excellent.
“We’d like to thank Wrexham County Borough Council for securing funding from the Welsh Government and for investing in this centre. Freedom Leisure is proud to deliver high quality, locally-focussed services and are committed to their ongoing development in support of the objectives we share with our partners. We are looking forward to welcoming many new members who we are sure will be attracted by the first rate facilities we have here!”
Cllr Paul Rogers, Lead Member for Youth Services and Anti-Poverty and with responsibility for Leisure, said: “These new facilities are absolutely fantastic, and I was very pleased to get the chance to tour the new additions to the ground floor at Waterworld.
“I’ve followed the capital works since becoming the Lead Member responsible for leisure and I’ve always said the pace of work has been excellent, but the ground floor area – particularly the new café and seating area – is completely unrecognisable even when compared with earlier in the works.
“I would also like to thank Cllr Hugh Jones, who was my predecessor as the Lead Member responsible for leisure when the contract was signed with Freedom Leisure in the spring of last year.”
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