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Hundreds flock to enjoy new £28m Holt Park Active


Hundreds of excited residents flocked to the opening weekend of the fantastic new Holt Park Active wellbeing centre.



Around 1,500 people are estimated to have visited the state-of-the-art, £28m centre over two days after the doors officially opened to the public on Saturday.



A range of free activities and taster sessions were organised ahead of the opening on Saturday morning, including cycling, kettlebell sessions, Tai-Chi and Pilates.



Among those who visited the centre was Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure.



Coun Yeadon said: “It was fantastic to see so many people coming along and enjoying this brilliant new centre and getting their first look at everything it has to offer.



“Everyone in the area has been really excited waiting for the doors to open and now that they have, Holt Park Active is sure to be a facility the local community and the city as a whole can be proud of.”



The wellbeing centre on Holtdale Approach includes a 70-station Bodyline gym, 25-metre pool, hydrotherapy and learning pools, dance studio, café, garden, sports hall, multi-activity rooms, Changing Places facility and meeting / training areas.



The new pool was used by around 685 swimmers of various ages over the weekend, with 74 tickets being bought for the new gym and many also taking the chance to sign up for gym membership.



As well as being a sporting hub, the centre will also host a range of activities for older people and those with physical or learning disabilities, including the hydrotherapy pool and an older people’s space.



Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care said: “The fact that so many people have already taken the chance to visit the new Holt Park Active centre speaks volumes about what this facility means to the local community.



“Over the coming weeks and months, we hope to see even more people of all ages and those with disabilities putting the state-of-the-art spaces and equipment at the centre to good use.”



The project to build the new centre has been overseen by Leeds City Council, with funding from the Department of Health through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Work has been carried out through the Local Education Partnership alongside their contractor Interserve Construction.



For further information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/holtparkactive, call 0113 378 1301 or follow @HoltParkActive on Twitter.



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-Images from last week’s viewing event at Holt Park Active are available on request



- For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk