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Source: City of Wakefield

Cllr Jacquie Speight with ward members in the pool

​Work is progressing well at Wakefield Council’s Leisure and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract Park, with the swimming pool starting to take shape as structural works near completion.

Aspire@ThePark is due to open its doors next spring and the hub will be the largest of its kind in the Wakefield district.

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the £20.8m project remains firmly on track with the tiling to the main swimming pool and studio pool almost completed, and with changing facilities, ceilings, and flooring also being put in place in the dry areas and testing of water quality systems to begin soon.

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “It is going to be fantastic facility, offering great opportunities to enjoy fitness, leisure and relaxation to communities across our district.

“With the challenges of Covid -19, the construction company are doing an amazing job to deliver this project, whilst following government guidance so that all those working on site stay safe.”

Facilities will include a 10-lane swimming pool, with at least three lanes always open for public swimming, a gym, exercise studios, climbing activity and café, referral rooms and meeting rooms for community use, tennis courts, a wellbeing garden and interactive play area, a full size 3G artificial grass pitch, and car parking.

There is now power into the building, with lights in large areas of the first floor, the pool hall and bouldering wall.

Works on the outdoor activities have also progressed well with the majority of the tennis court works completed. Work will start on the full size 3G pitch soon.

 The next stage will see the team installing the lifts, moveable floor to the studio pool and the bouldering wall, as well as installing internal timber doors, sanitary ware and decoration.

The latest drone footage of the build, and more information about the progress at Aspire@ThePark, is available on the Council’s website

Cllr Jacquie Speight with ward members at Aspire@ThePark

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