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Official: York's Waterworld to Close on 1st December

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1:35pm 11th November 2014

Waterworld in York will close it's doors on 1st December, it's just been officially confirmed by York Council.

It will be replaced in 2016 by a new pool as part of the city's new community stadium.

York Council says it's taken the decision to close it now, because the number of people using it are falling, the pool is at risk of costly emergency repairs with increased losses at the pool and gym.

Staff are being kept informed about the closure and will be paid until the end of December.

Sally Burns, York Council’s Director for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said,

“York Waterworld and Fitness Centre customers will be offered membership at both Energise and Yearsley Pool to continue their sport and leisure activities, while we prepare to build a fantastic new facility."

“The new leisure complex will provide a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool complemented by a separate teaching pool and fun pool with exciting water features for children. The scheme will also provide a brand new competition-standard sports hall for netball, badminton and basketball with spectator viewing for up to 250 people, a new 100-station gym with dance and spinning studios, plus an extreme adventure sports zone, and all under the same roof. There will also be three, 3G five-a-side pitches at the site adding to the impressive leisure offer and helping to support community initiatives and encouraging sport participation for all ages.”

Chris Symons, from GLL which will run the new facilities at the Community Stadium said:

"The plans for the new stadium, leisure centre and community hub, are truly ground breaking and represent a scheme that is sure to become a flagship project regionally and nationally."

“As a charitable social enterprise and the UK’s largest leisure centre operator, GLL currently operates more than 140 public leisure centres across England and Wales. Our 20 years of experience, coupled with our status as a ‘not for profit’, means that we have both the operational skills and community focus to enable us to successfully develop these high quality facilities for the benefit of the entire community.”

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