Grange Paddocks enters a new era

Colin Jackson cutting the ribbon at Grange Paddocks
East Herts Council and Everyone Active hosted an opening weekend for the new Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre and it went swimmingly.

The £22m investment from East Herts Council will enable residents and visitors to enjoy a 25m eight lane competition main pool, teaching pool and Splash Lagoon, state-of-the-art fitness suite, two exercise studios, self-contained football changing facilities and a café and seating area.

Councillor Eric Buckmaster, executive member for wellbeing at East Herts Council, said: "I was so excited to see such an amazing turnout at the opening of the new leisure centre this weekend and the great enthusiasm from everyone. We hope that people will enjoy the centre for many years to come with its great offering of activities for all ages. 

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank East Herts Officers, Willmott Dixon Construction, Max Associates, Saunders Boston Architects, Varsity Consulting and everyone else who helped the vision of the leisure centre come to life. I'd also like to thank Everyone Active for putting on such an exciting opening event."

Everyone Active who manage the centre on behalf of East Herts Council invited the local community to join in with the fun alongside former Olympic athlete, Colin Jackson, Commonwealth medallist and synchronised swimmer, Adele Carson, London 2012 Olympian and synchronised swimmer, Kate Skelton and British record holder and former Olympian in freestyle swimming, Grant Turner. 

Amar Varsani, general manager of Grange Paddocks for Everyone Active, said: "The open weekend was fantastic, to have seen the building works start almost two years ago, over 4,000 people come through the doors across the opening weekend and the site team’s passion showing the community the new site was amazing. 

"It was great to see so many happy people who were blown away with the new building; our big splash launch event was amazing to see 90+ local children swim with Olympians. The launch of the learner pool and splash lagoon was a real highlight with so many families enjoying the facilities."