A POPULAR leisure centre in Leicester has reopened after a £1.45m revamp.
Customers returning to Evington Leisure Centre for the first time since its refurbishment will discover a brand new 70-station gym, boasting state-of-the-art cardiovascular equipment and a dedicated free weights area.
A new single-storey extension now houses the gym – which is more than twice the size of the previous gym area – as well as a new dance/group exercise studio and a virtual spin studio.
The centre’s refurbishment has also created plenty of space for community use, providing a place for local people to come together, when social distancing rules are finally lifted.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby and Deputy City Mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair formally reopened the centre today (Tuesday).
“As many councils around the country are taking the decision to close or privatise their leisure centres, I’m very proud to be investing in ours,” said the City Mayor.
“Helping people to get more active and to improve their fitness levels has never been more important, and I’m sure these new, improved facilities will be much appreciated by people in the area.”
Cllr Clair said: “Evington Leisure Centre has been transformed in this refurbishment and now offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities and a high quality space that I hope the whole community will use.”
New systems are in place at all city council leisure centres to help keep customers and staff safe, with all sessions requiring pre-booking.
Anyone wanting to book a session at a city council leisure centre must be an Active Leicester member. Active Leicester card-holders can use the facilities on a pay-as-you-go basis, or can sign up for a competitively priced membership scheme.
New members can currently sign up and get half-price membership for three months.
More information is available at leicester.gov.uk/sports
The refurbishment of fitness facilities at Evington Leisure Centre is part of the council’s £2.9m programme of capital investment, which has already transformed facilities at Cossington Street Sports Centre and Aylestone Leisure Centre.