The brand new Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre in Levenshulme will open its doors to the public for the very first time on Saturday 20 February. The new centre, located on Yew Tree Avenue, will officially open at 12 noon.
To celebrate its grand opening the centre will be completely free of use on the opening day, and will open until 4.30pm. The new Arcadia centre boasts a 25m and a 17m swimming pool, as well as a 60-station gym. Apart from the pool being open to the public, there will be instructors there to provide private swimming lessons to beginners. The place also features a sauna, steam room and a devoted community studio. In addition to these sports facilities, Arcadia is also the home of a new neighbourhood library.
The new library will be an attractive, open-plan space within the leisure centre, where members will be able to browse and loan a selection of popular books, return or renew existing book loans and collect orders.
Computers will also be installed within the library and will enable members to photocopy and print, whilst free Wi-Fi access is also included. The library will be staffed for 30 hours per week and library services, including internet access and Wi-Fi, will be available throughout the centre’s opening hours, through a self-service terminal.
On the opening day Public tours will be available for anyone who wants to see inside the new centre, the centre is also offering people the chance to take part in a selection of free sessions. For anyone looking to join the gym, free gym inductions will be on offer throughout the afternoon.
The completion of the Arcadia Centre follows the recent opening of two other state of the art leisure centres, East Manchester Leisure Centre in Beswick and Hough End in south Manchester. These two centres have already attracted a large number of new users.
Arcadia Centre is the third co-located library and leisure centre in the city, and it will improve access to library services for the people of Manchester. This year will also see the beginning of the design and development of a £16m refurbishment programme, in which leisure centres in Abraham Moss and
Moss Side will be rejuvenated.
Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, has stated “A great deal of time and hard work has gone into the creation of the Arcadia- though it wont be truly finished until we open the doors and welcome the local people. It’s the energy and enthusiasm of the local community that will truly establish the Arcadia at the heart of Levenshulme life”.