Long-awaited works at a town centre leisure and activity facility are complete – with members of the public invited to try out the facilities this weekend.
Capital works are now all in place at Waterworld in Wrexham, ending five-month period of work on the facility and its amenities.
The former entryway will now form the new MYRIDE indoor cycling studio with virtual cycling software, offering scenic locations and a highly immersive cycling experience for personal and group training.
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A new entry area, complete with a refurbished café and seating area, will greet visitors to the Leisure and Activity Centre, with Costa Coffee on sale.
The improved gym area, complete with new Omnia Gym equipment, will even give members the chance to monitor their progress via the Technogym Wellness Cloud system, which tracks their exercise on a USB stick and associated app which can be plugged in to all equipment.
The ladies ground floor changing rooms for gym users have also been refurbished to a new, modern standard, with new lockers and seating in place.
An open weekend will be held for members of the public this weekend (Saturday, September 23 to Sunday, September 24), giving them the chance to trial many of the new facilities for free.
An official opening for the new facility will take place later in October.
Wrexham Council began a contract with Freedom Leisure last spring, with the leisure company taking on the management of four leisure and activity centres and five dual-use sports facilities.
The improvements at Waterworld are just one part of £2.7million worth of investment made by Wrexham Council and Freedom Leisure into all four leisure facilities and new 3G pitches across the county borough.
“Facilities are absolutely fantastic”
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’m really pleased to see the work complete and hope members of the public take advantage of Waterworld’s upcoming open weekend.”
Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, said: “The work to improve four of our Leisure and Activity Centres has been ongoing for a little while now, so it’s very pleasing to see the work in its very final stages, with the vast majority already completed.
“More importantly, users have already reported to us how happy they are with the enhanced facilities and offerings – which is excellent.
“After all, the main aim of undertaking the work was to ensure we provide the best possible facilities for our existing customers, while also attracting new users too. Along with Wrexham County Borough Council, we simply want to enable more people in Wrexham to be more active, more often.”
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Picture: Cllr Paul Rogers with Waterworld Manager Richard Milne.