£2m upgrade of Potters Bar leisure centre takes shape

PUBLISHED: 09:25 12 December 2018

Climbing instructors Raya Nenova and Russell Casey on the dice climbing wall in the new soft play and climbing area at Furzefield Leisure Centre in Potters Bar.

Climbing instructors Raya Nenova and Russell Casey on the dice climbing wall in the new soft play and climbing area at Furzefield Leisure Centre in Potters Bar.

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The £2million refurbishment of a Potters Bar leisure centre is taking shape with a new cycling studio and upgraded gym set to open within the next few weeks.

The new soft play and climbing area at the Mutton Lane, Potters Bar centre opened on December 1 and features equipment for all ages and a café and seating space.

The cycling studio will be next to open, on Monday, December 17.

After a “major upgrade”, the gym is expected to be ready for public use next month.

It will provide new equipment and a functional training space offering high intensity interval training, speed resistance and neuromuscular training.

The newly-opened soft play and climbing area features a giant staircase and dice tower, while there are slides attached to a giant spider tower for young children.

Safety equipment, including harnesses for the climbing frame, is provided with trained instructors on hand to assist.

Hertsmere Borough councillor Caroline Clapper, who holds the Leisure, Culture and Sport portfolio, said: “With these new facilities, Furzefield Leisure Centre is the perfect place for the family to go for some fun, healthy activities.

“Children will love being able to climb the new walls in a safe environment or try the spider tower slides in the soft play area.

“Adults can join them on the climbing walls, or if they would prefer to relax, they can enjoy a coffee and some food at the new café.”

New flooring was previously installed in the sports hall at the centre as part of the ongoing project, which began in mid-August,

The leisure centre refurbishment is funded by Inspire All, who manage the site on behalf of Hertsmere Borough Council.

It is expected the entire project will be completed next summer.

The final stages include a luxury spa that will replace existing facilities and offer a range of experiences, while improvements will also be made to changing facilities and the reception area.

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