Nursery children and community members joined the Mayor of Erewash as she cut the ribbon to re-open a revamped community centre.
Cllr Jennifer Hulls officially opened the Abbotsford Community Centre on Tuesday after a £16,6000 refurbishment.
Ward councillor Val Custance was at the ceremony. She said: “The centre was in real need of a good makeover and what’s been done is fantastic.
“The changing rooms were in a terrible state and the parking outside was awful.
“What’s been done has really improved the whole centre and will be of a great benefit to the community and the many people who use it.”
The project has involved redecoration of the changing rooms and the community side of the building, including new flooring.
Toilets have also been upgraded.
The Centre, which is off Summerfield Way, and is home to a playgroup and other groups and organisations, has also had a new fire alarm system installed throughout the whole building and external roof repairs carried out.
In addition to the refurbishment work, the council has also resurfaced the car park and completed some drainage work to improve parking facilities.
The refurbishment celebration is the second for Ilkeston in the last few weeks, with the Council also completing £30,000 worth of work at the town’s Flamsteed Centre on Albert Street.
Cash for both improvement schemes came from the 2012/13 capital programme.
Lead member for communities and deputy leader of the council, Cllr Carol Hart said: “Although times are hard and we have to look closely at all the council spends, I feel that we should help the volunteers who put so much into our communities by helping at places like the Abbotsford Community Centre.
“It’s for that reason, that these improvements have been made.”