£2m boost for new leisure centre in Pontefract Park
Work is moving apace on the district’s new flagship leisure centre being built in Pontefract Park.
Construction of the £20.8million project is on time and on budget 16 weeks into its 73-week construction schedule.
Running parallel with this, the Council is working with the construction partner to develop a community benefits plan which will see the delivery of a range of outreach and community projects across Castleford, Knottingley and Pontefract.
Grants totalling £2million have been secured towards the cost of delivering the scheme. They comprise a £1.5million award from the National Lottery, awarded through Sport England while the Premier League, The FA and the Government have provided £500,000 delivered by the Football Foundation.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “This is an exciting project that will benefit so many people. All aspects are coming together nicely.
“I am thrilled that we have been successful in both our funding bids which demonstrates the confidence that these organisations have in this project to deliver health and sports benefits to the communities it will be serving.
“A huge thank you to everyone who plays the National Lottery, we wouldn’t be able to do this without you.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The news that works are progressing well at Pontefract Park will provide a boost for grassroots sport in Wakefield. Funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, is playing a vital role in making the project a reality.
“Thanks to their investment, Wakefield Council is one of many clubs and organisations across England set to benefit from a state-of-the-art new facility - in this case, new leisure centre and football pitches. These facilities not only act as excellent physical and social outlets for communities but also provide new jobs - during construction and in the years to come, with people needed to support sites in delivering safe and positive environments for any user.”
The facility is being constructed by the UK's leading independent construction and property services company, Willmott Dixon, who wherever possible are using local labour and resources to deliver the scheme.
Once open, the facility will feature: a 10-lane swimming pool, studio pool with moveable floor, a splash pad water confidence area, a 115-station health and fitness gym, a dedicated spin studio, exercise studios, climbing activity and café which will be available to users of the park as well as meeting and referral rooms.
Outside there will be four tennis courts, a wellbeing garden and interactive play area, a full-size 3G Artificial Grass pitch and car parking.
The offer of a comprehensive range of contemporary, high-quality sport, recreational and social activities in a well-established park will give residents better access to first-class leisure opportunities, focussed on encouraging people to live happier and healthier lives and contributing to their success.