Magherafelt to have first 50 metre pool in Northern Ireland

MAGHERAFELT will play home to Northern Ireland’s first 50 metre swimming pool when the town’s new state-of-the-art leisure centre opens in June.

The six lane pool will replace the orignal 25 metre, five lane pool, and will be accompanied by a new teaching pool, children’s paddling pool and indoor water slide with splash pool.

Although work is still being done to complete the project, there has already been significant interest from the swimming fraternity across the Province.

Additionally the renovation will bring a children’s’ soft play area, converting the main hall from a three court to a four court hall and refurbishing the first floor fitness suites. The redevelopment of the leisure centre will ensure free independent access to all levels and will make the leisure centre fully compliant with the Disability Access legislation.

The Council have also shown that they are to the fore with regard to environmental issues by introducing a new Bio-Mass boiler heating system to meet the heating requirements of the centre by sustainable means.

Speaking about the exciting project Magherafelt District Council Chairperson Ian Milne, said: “The refurbished centre will compliment the Council’s fabulous package of leisure facilities and will without doubt make Magherafelt District the envy of anywhere in the country.”

The refurbishment, with a expected mid-2012 open date, has been funded 100% by Magherafelt District Council with the aim of bringing the heavily used centre, not only up to modern day standards, but way beyond, setting a benchmark for others to aspire to in the future.

The centre originally opened to the public in 1971 as a swimming pool complex, but developed into a full leisure centre with further developments in 1982, 1985, 1990 and 1995/1997.

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