Waterworld closure confirmed for 1 December
At the Cabinet of 9 September 2014 a decision was taken to close York Waterworld and Fitness Centre in preparation for the construction of a 21st century leisure complex, which will form part of York Community Stadium and Leisure Complex.
Due to declining visitor numbers and the ongoing threat of costly emergency repairs the forecasted losses for the pool and gym are increasing, which make it no longer viable. The closure of the facilities will therefore take place from 1 December 2014.
Contracted staff have been kept fully informed of the closure date, and will continue to be paid up until the end of December.
Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said, “York Waterworld and Fitness Centre customers will be offered membership at both Energise and Yearsley Pool to continue their sport and leisure activities, while we prepare to build a fantastic new facility.
“The new leisure complex will provide a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool complemented by a separate teaching pool and fun pool with exciting water features for children. The scheme will also provide a brand new competition-standard sports hall for netball, badminton and basketball with spectator viewing for up to 250 people, a new 100-station gym with dance and spinning studios, plus an extreme adventure sports zone, and all under the same roof. There will also be three, 3G five-a-side pitches at the site adding to the impressive leisure offer and helping to support community initiatives and encouraging sport participation for all ages.”
Chris Symons, Director of Development for GLL said, “The plans for the new stadium, leisure centre and community hub, are truly ground breaking and represent a scheme that is sure to become a flagship project regionally and nationally.
“As a charitable social enterprise and the UK’s largest leisure centre operator, GLL currently operates more than 140 public leisure centres across England and Wales. Our 20 years of experience, coupled with our status as a ‘not for profit’, means that we have both the operational skills and community focus to enable us to successfully develop these high quality facilities for the benefit of the entire community.”
The community hub at the complex is the first of its kind in the city and will provide bespoke facilities for longstanding partners to the project.
For further information and to keep up to date with York Community Stadium Leisure Complex news visit: www.yorkcommunitystadium.co.uk.