With just a few weeks to go until Tewkesbury leisure centre opens its doors to the public (30 May 2016), finishing touches are being made to the exciting new community facility.
On the ground floor, both the main pool and the teaching pool are filled, the walls are painted and the changing village (complete with underfloor heating, a vanity area, a pushchair park and family changing cubicles), is complete.
Work is still taking place on the children's splash area, designed specifically with little ones in mind to help build up confidence with water in a fun and safe environment. A rain shower and mushroom fountain will be installed, as well as jets that gently shoot water up from the floor. And a vibrant, colourful backdrop will be displayed on the walls around the splash area within the next few days. In the teaching pool, there are also water jets on the poolside which squirt into the water.
Excitingly, another addition to Tewkesbury leisure centre is the inflatable 'aqua run'. It is a floating assault course which will be available for young (and young at heart!) swimmers to use during weekend splash sessions. It will also be available to hire for children's parties.
Hoists for disabled people have also been installed in both pools and a dedicated 'Changing Places' changing room with lifting hoist and a shower bed is available for those who need it.
The café area is also coming along nicely and will be kitted out with furniture in the week leading up to the opening.
On the first floor, the 60 station gym - overlooking the main pool and out onto Gloucester Road - is having the equipment installed this week, with a free weights area as well as an area for suspension training. The two activity studios (for fitness classes, parties, meetings and other functions) are also complete.
The building is still on track to open on time and on budget on Monday 30 May.
- Children under eight can swim for free!
- The leisure centre is part of the Inclusive Fitness Initiative and will have the IFI mark to ensure that facilities allow disabled people to be physically active along with non-disabled people.
Other facilities available:
- Self-service portals where you can swipe yourself in with a membership card instead of queuing
- Shop with swimming costumes and equipment for sale
- Steam room
- Poolside spectator area
- Inflatable aqua run - for use in either pool
- Single sex changing areas on the first floor
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