First glimpse at new £15m leisure centre

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A STATE of the art leisure facility is ready to open its doors.

Bispham’s Moor Park Health and Leisure Centre, a £15m project, has been under development since December.

The finished product is scheduled to open on time, despite the PCT building next door being delayed from opening due to a contract dispute.

The centre is one of three Blackpool Council run sports complexes after Palatine Leisure Centre and Stanley Park Sports Centre and will provide a wide range of sports opportunities for the public.

Moor Park now boasts a gym with 44 stations, including two rooms to provide exercise classes, and a sports hall.

Outside stands an adventure play area and bike track, which neighbours a multi purpose playing field for football and basketball.

The building also provides new changing facilities for swimmers, however, the swimming pool remains unchanged.

Ewan Noblett, the area manager for Blackpool Council Leisure Services, said: “It’s the complete package and a total improvement on what was here before.

“We are offering a great service and it’s all about giving opportunities to people in the community.

“I’m proud of the services we offer. It’s great and I think it will be fantastic.”

Focusing on what the community wants has been the impetus for designers, who asked schoolchildren from Moor Park and Bispham Endowed primary schools for their input on the play area.

While sport has a large role to play at the new centre, the site also accommodates for residents looking for something away from keeping fit.

A new library can be found on the first floor, while the building is part of Blackpool Primary Care Trust’s Glenroyd Medical Centre and North Shore surgery.

Lisa Arnold, the leisure development team manager, said: “There is so much we are now able to do here.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for families living nearby, but we are also using this to develop a programme of activities for juniors.”

The centre will open for free next weekend.