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New £28m Holt Park Active to open this weekend


A hugely-anticipated new £28m wellbeing centre for Leeds will open its doors to the public this weekend.



Holt Park Active will open to residents on Saturday (Oct 12) and will be the first centre of its kind in the city.



The fantastic new wellbeing centre, based on Holtdale Approach, offers a range of flexible spaces for activities and support services that will suit people of all ages.



It features 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.



Aiming to encourage residents of all ages to lead an active lifestyle, the centre will also host a range of activities for older people and those with physical or learning disabilities.



The state-of-the-art new facility replaces the Holt Park Leisure Centre on Holt Road, which closed last December after operating for 36 years.



-Reporters and photographers are invited to attend a viewing ahead of the opening to the public. The viewing will take place at the new centre on Holtdale Approach on Thursday, October 10 at 12noon. Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council's executive member for Leisure, will be available for pictures and interviews.



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 Project Services Ltd.



Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Leisure, said:



“Having watched the building take shape over the past year, it’s so exciting knowing that Holt Park Active will be opening to the public this weekend. I’m sure this fantastic new facility will quickly become a hub for the whole community as well as something that the city can be genuinely proud of.



“The centre is one of the biggest investments in sports and leisure in Leeds for the last 30 years and will help a huge number of people to live healthy, active lifestyles.”



Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care added:



“This superb wellbeing centre is an asset to Leeds and will be an exciting new place where people can enjoy a whole range of activities.



“The completion of this project is a real milestone and not only shows a strong commitment to our sports and leisure provision but also a huge investment in what we have to offer our older people and those with disabilities and is one of the cornerstones of our plans for the future of adult social care in Leeds.”



The facilities on offer at the centre were developed in consultation local residents and community groups.



The centre will open at 9am on Saturday with the day featuring a host of activities including cycling, kettlebell sessions, Tai-Chi and Pilates as well as a bouncy castle in addition to the usual programme of weekend activities.



The first 100 customers through the doors will be entered into a draw to win a £50 hamper.



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



The Local Education Partnership works to assist in the delivery of education and leisure projects in Leeds. It is made up of Leeds City Council, the national Building Schools for the Future investment programme and private sector companies Interserve Construction, Barclays Private Equity and Cambridge Education.



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For more details please contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk