Knowsley’s Leisure and Culture Park on Longview Drive, Huyton, will open its doors to the public on Monday, 26 September 2011.
Building work is nearing completion with many aspects complete and currently being decorated:-
· Swimming pools are now installed and tiling has commenced
· Fitness suite is now almost complete
· Treatment Rooms are being decorated and some rooms on the first floor have been finished
· Performance / events / conference - the sports hall flooring is about to be installed and the performance equipment
· will be installed shortly after, together with the seating
· Dance studios are almost complete
· Squash court flooring will soon be installed
· Atrium with café will be progressing next month
In addition, work has commenced on the outdoor velodrome and BMX track. This exciting new facility is due to open in December 2011.
To take advantage of a range of pre-opening membership offers, speak to a member of our team on 443 2200.
The £16.1 million scheme - known as Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park – is part of a £25 million Leisure Facilities Strategy to be implemented across the borough.
This major investment will bring:
· World-class sport and leisure facilities including an aquatic centre with two 25m swimming pools encompassing an 8 lane competition pool, 300 spectator seats, ramp access for disabled users, as well as a 6 court sports hall, fitness suite, squash court, spa facilities, dance studios and a café area.
· State of art facilities to host sporting and cultural events including performances, pantomimes and award ceremonies.
· Adult day care services, who offer a range of visits and activities for people with disabilities, will be based within the complex.
· Improvements to not only the leisure provision in the area (which will also help to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents), but also to the local economy and employment opportunities within the borough.
· Strengthen Knowsley’s growing international sporting links in the build up to the 2012 Olympics.
· Realise potential, raise aspirations, attainment and skills.
In addition, the planning application included a £5 million OurPlace youth facility, for which a funding application has been submitted to Big Lottery Fund. OurPlace has been developed in partnership with young people across the borough and will provide them with the facilities and services they want and need – IT, music and arts spaces, advice and wellbeing services, all housed in a welcoming and iconic new building, as well as an outdoor multi use games area, BMX and skateboarding facilities. The centre will provide services for young people in a manner that suits them and in a place where they feel comfortable. There will also be a range of opportunities to gain new skills through participation in activities and volunteering to help run the centre.
These new facilities will be located on the same campus as Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning. Together, these will form a wider Leisure and Culture Park campus which will transform the local environment and maximise leisure and culture opportunities.
The central location of the site makes it an ideal attraction for residents right across the borough. Main access to the park will be via Longview Drive and car parking will be provided on site. Pedestrian access will be available from Seel Road and Atlee Road.
Work will commence on-site in Spring 2010 and facilities are due to open in Autumn 2011.
We will continue to keep residents informed about next steps and the timescales involved in developing this scheme through our residents’ magazine ‘Knowsley News’, our website, local media and residents newsletters.
· Slideshow of progress so far on the park's development
· News about development of the Leisure and Culture Park