Two months after its opening, Wolverton Leisure Centre is fully up and running, and the public has already been streaming in to make use of its facilities, writes May Bulman
Hilary Saunders, chair of the Wolverton Leisure Centre trustees, said: “Membership expectations for a year had been exceeded within just three weeks of opening.”
With a state-of-the-art fitness suite and pool, the new establishment provides a new opportunity for the people of Milton Keynes to get fit.
The new building stands alongside the Radcliffe School and Wolverton Rec, with a new road leading from Great Monks Street, as well as pedestrian access from Aylesbury Street West.
The gym has a varied selection of equipment for both weight and cardio training. A number of the machines are situated in front of windows that look out onto the green expanse of the rec.
Laura Vokes, 51 and recently signed-up member, said: “I’d never been to a gym before, but because it’s local I’ve joined and I’m really enjoying it.”
As for the swimming area, the 25-metre pool is used for various activities including swim lessons, school clubs and Aquafit classes. Lane swimming remains open alongside these sessions for the majority of the week.
Other swim features include a children’s water feature pool, as well as a steam room and sauna. “A swim and ten minutes in the sauna is perfect for winding down after a stressful day at work,” said Chloe Beale, 20, from Wolverton.
No doubt people still have fond memories of the outdoor pool that was. “I used to love spending whole days outdoors in the sunshine at the pool in my youth,” said James Eastern, 51, member and local resident.
“But when the sun didn’t shine it wasn’t much fun. With the leisure centre open all year-round, it’s a no-brainer when it comes to weighing up the benefits of the two.”
With city fitness levels on the rise, Wolverton Leisure Centre is a prime example of MK residents taking action to get fit. “There is more swimming in Wolverton now than ever before” added Hilary.