Date set for opening of new £35m leisure centre in Craigavon

A date has been set for a new £35m leisure centre in Craigavon.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 12:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 1:52 pm
Craigavon’s new state-of-the-art £35 million leisure centre plans have been given a seal of approval by the local planning authority, paving the way for a construction start date early next year and full access for all in 2020. The long-awaited proposal, first put forward in 2010, is the biggest capital project ever undertaken by the Council and will provide an enhanced facility to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole Borough. The centre will be unique in the region, offering indoor and outdoor leisure experiences from a single site and is part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough area. The facility, which will be situated at the site of the existing Watersports Centre, adjacent to the Civic & Conference Centre and overlooking the South Lake, features an impressive eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, fun pool and a spectator gallery. The new leisure centre, once complete, will also host one of the largest gy

The new complex, sited on the shores of the Balancing Lakes at Craigavon, will be known as the South Lake Leisure Centre.

It is due to open on Saturday, August 15th, according to the Deputy Lord Mayor Margaret Tinsley who posted on Facebook.

The DUP councillor for Central Craigavon and board member of South Lake Leisure Centre said: “This will be a fantastic family facility and it is great news for the area.

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“Young people have been watching the build and constantly asking when is it opening.

“It was agreed at last night’s board meeting the date could be officially revealed today.”

The new leisure centre will mean the closure of three other older leisure centres in the borough, Waves in Lurgan, Cascades in Portadown and Brownlow Leisure Centre in Craigavon.

It is unclear when each of those centres will close and if there will be an overlap in provision.

While the new centre has state of the art facilities, there have been some complaints regarding its location at Craigavon City Park and the issue over potential traffic congestion.