Rugby’s Ken Marriott Leisure Centre has now closed after 40 years service.
Ken Marriott closed for the final time on Sunday to make way for the opening of the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre.
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “This weekend marks the end of an era for Rugby. For 40 years children of the borough have learnt to swim at the Rugby Leisure Centre, and later the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, and many young athletes and sportsmen and women have learnt their sport and practised there.”
Olive Sturgess, of School Street, Hillmorton, is one of many Rugbeians that has used the centre for nearly four decades.
She said: “In 1991 now that all the children could swim I thought it was about time I learnt as I was now 47 years old. I was thrilled that just before Christmas that year I swam my first length. We are all sorry that it’s closing but we hope to resume swimming when the new centre opens.”
Building work for the new leisure centre is said to be progressing well, with plans for it to open in late July.
During the closure period the Ken Marriott will be demolished to make way for a new car park and to complete the entrance to the new centre.
All of the equipment in the new leisure centre will be installed, tested and commissioned to make sure everything is ready and the staff fully trained to operate the new centre from opening day.
Cllr Timms said: “While one era ends, another is about to begin and it will not be long before we open the brand new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre. In the meantime, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet the new operators and find out more about the new centre including at a unit in the Clock Towers Shopping Centre, which will open next week.”
GLL, a charitable social enterprise, won the ten-year contract in a competitive tendering process to run the leisure centre, and will take over from DC Leisure from Monday.
Visit rugby.gov.uk/newleisurecentre for more.
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