Swimming pool re-opens this weekend

NILABE111018b7, Victoria park leisure centre, Ilkeston. Stuart Bailey
NILABE111018b7, Victoria park leisure centre, Ilkeston. Stuart Bailey
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A FASTER flume is one of many improvements that will be unveiled when Ilkeston’s Victoria Park Leisure Centre reopens this weekend after a £2.3m revamp.

Communal changing, a sauna and steam room and a new café are some of the other additions to the Manners Road leisure centre.

Manager, Stuart Bailey, said: “It’s not been one of those refurbishments where everywhere is just repainted, the look and feel of the place is totally different now.

“One of the biggest changes is the facilities we now have for disabled customers and the changing rooms.

“All modern leisure centres have communal changing now, they are easier to maintain, more convenient for customers and they’re not what people first imagine. There are family cubicles, private cubicles and open and private showers.”

A landscaped front area and new-look exterior will be the first thing visitors will notice before the revamped reception space complete with café.

Tiles around the main pool and teaching pool have been replaced, the pool’s tank has been re-grouted and a new ceiling and lighting has been put in over the main pool.

A £35,000 grant secured by the centre this week will see sensory lights installed in the teaching pool by March.

Both flumes have also been resurfaced.

Stuart said: “The flumes should go much faster now so I’m sure the kids will be having fun trying to set a new record on the timer.”

To celebrate the re-opening of the leisure centre, visitors can swim for just £1 all day on Saturday 22 and Sunday October 23.

n For more pictures of how the revamped centre looks inside, see next week’s Advertiser.