It’s all change as new centre opens

LEISURE facilities will be affected in Dorchester this weekend ahead of the opening of a new £8million centre.

The pool at The Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre has now closed in preparation for the opening of the new Dorchester Sports Centre on Monday, October 22.

The fitness suite at the existing centre closes for good at 10pm tonight, Friday, and the sports hall will be open for pre-booked sessions only on Saturday and closed all dayon Sunday.

Bookings on the grass pitches will be honoured on Saturday and Sunday while the artificial pitch will be closed all day on Sunday but open as usual at all other times.

The new centre is due to open at 7am on Monday.

Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre manager Mark Jenkins said: “I would like to apologise for any inconvenience during the transition period.

“We have limited this as much as possible but some disruption is inevitable as we prepare to close down one centre and open another. The new centre offers an absolutely first class experience.

“I am confident that visitors will be very impressed when they come through the doors and start using it.

“I would like to thank local residents and the community for their patience and understanding while the centre was built.”

Anyone with questions about bookings, classes or sessions should call 01305 266772.

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6:08pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Bailey25 says...

The pool itself and gym etc are lovely. However there is only a communal changing room, no separate ladies and mens. I personally don't like it as when you go swimming with young children, trying to change in a cubicle with them is a nightmare. Also, the showers are in full view of the swimming pool!! There are also no hair dryers and nowhere to hang towels while you are showering. Little things like that do make a difference. Could have been much better designed.
The pool itself and gym etc are lovely. However there is only a communal changing room, no separate ladies and mens. I personally don't like it as when you go swimming with young children, trying to change in a cubicle with them is a nightmare. Also, the showers are in full view of the swimming pool!! There are also no hair dryers and nowhere to hang towels while you are showering. Little things like that do make a difference. Could have been much better designed. Bailey25
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