Healthy figures at Carnegie Leisure Centre
Published 17 Jul 2012 13:30 7 Comments
MORE than 200,000 customers have used the £18million-plus Carnegie Leisure Centre since it re-opened last year.
The sports facility in Dunfermline's Pilmuir Street is attracting an average of 1000 people every evening while gym attendances have doubled to 10,000 a month.
The desire for healthy bodies is leading to impressive figures with a further 1500 kids learning to swim at the popular centre every week.
The building has even been nominated for an award and Jimmy Dunbar, of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said over 200,000 people had visited by the end of April.
He said, "Carnegie Leisure Centre is achieving even more than originally intended, and we're continuing to strive for excellence and new opportunities.
"It gives people a host of opportunities to have a healthy and active lifestyle, from the youngest child to older adults and from complete beginners to the professional athlete."
The project to refurbish and extend the Carnegie Leisure Centre wasn't without problems, as costs spiralled from the original estimates and the re-opening of the swimming pools was a year late, but West Fifers are now reaping the health benefits.
The centre closed in December 2008 and was supposed to re-open in January 2011 but this was delayed until November last year, with the pools opening in January this year.
The grade-B listed building now boasts state-of-the-art facilities such as a pool with an adjustable floor, a communal 'changing village' and 85-station gym with the latest Technogym equipment.
Councillor Mike Rumney, chair of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee, said, "It's great to hear that the multi-million pound investment in this new facility has meant so many local people and local clubs are getting the opportunity to take part in sport and leisure in their own area."
The Carnegie Leisure Centre has been shortlisted as one of the top 10 civic buildings in the country.
It was nominated for Civic Building of the Year by the Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities and the result will be announced in October.
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Jul 17, 15:36
This proves it was the right decision to refurbish the Carnegie Centre rather than build some new hut on the edge of town. I hope the people who ranted for the new build are ashamed of themselves!
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Jul 17, 20:01
If convicted, when passing sentence, the Sheriff should make the Cheif Constable's first Community Order to go and clean up the mess at the rear of the re-vamped Centre. This area resembles a street in downtown Baghdad following the Allies Shock and Awe bombing campaign.
Naturally, I will be there to lend my vocal support to anyone improving this area.
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Jul 18, 00:32
We get it lydiapot1 - you think she did something awful. Maybe she did but by posting randomly on irrelevant threads you're really pi55ing me off. Do what you want and say what you want but do it on the relevant posts already!
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Jul 18, 01:19
Jul 18, 06:51
Not at all a random post. The article here is about the success of the re-vamped leisure centre, which is a positive for the area.
This leisure centre, which, if you venture round the back, does nothing to promote Dunfermline.
Tie this into the DP post a few days ago about the Scottish Justice Secretary welcoming offenders cleaning up our area as part of their rehabilitation and for the mutual benefit for the area.
Tie this also into the CC (a high ranking individual) being the first serving CC on a criminal charge with a potential conviction pending (not positive for this area): -
Then all these threads relate nicely.
Being angry does not help. Thinking laterally often does.
I rest my case.
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Jul 18, 08:53
The new centre is pretty good. it has a good selection of equipment and facilities. At present the only downside to it is the parking arrangements. I still think a new 'leisure facility' on the outskirts is a good idea, something with diving boards, flumes etc. What could also be included is an ice rink next to it. Use the waste heat generated from the rink to heat the swimming pool water. Alternatively whats the possibility of turning the old dunlop factory into an ice rink?
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Jul 18, 22:09