Fitness enthusiasts and swimmers say they can’t wait to enjoy improved facilities at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex in Boston as part of a proposed £7.1million overhaul. The Boston Recreation project will bring together the existing recreational and training pools under one roof in a new building that will include a new gymnasium and locker rooms.
The transformation project is now awaiting government approval to release millions of pounds of development money from the Towns Fund.
The Boston Borough Council and the Boston Town Deal Board of Directors have agreed on the business case for the new recreation center, which has been submitted to the Department for Leveling up, Housing and Communities for approval. The aim is to secure £2.4m already agreed for the project and attract matching funding of £4.7m.
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Support worker Alison Haigh, 59, of Tower Road, Boston, uses the current gym with her client Laura Price, 39. She told Lincolnshire Live: “I think the leisure center will be fantastic once it’s redeveloped. I come here a lot to work out and swim.
“I like this place but I think the changing rooms could be improved. There are a lot of flooding issues and the shower curtains aren’t very nice.
“The hammam and the thermal pool, which my husband likes to use, are quite often out of order. The staff do their best to fix things but I think some of the equipment is getting a bit old.”
Ms Price added: “I come to the gym twice a week. I love it here and it’s nice that I can bring my guide dog. I think it’s a good idea to improve the facilities.”
The Boston Leisure Project is said to be located opposite a new adult learning project called the Mayflower Project, which is run by Boston College and has pledged £10million from the Towns Fund and matching funds from £6 million pounds. The business case for this program is also pending government approval.
Peter Ward, 72, from Fishtoft, who is the third fastest duathlete in the world for his age group, currently teaches swimming at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex and trains in the gymnasium.
Mr. Ward coaches beginner and learner swimmers in the 25-meter swim to become proficient in the water and he is part of the triathlon coaching staff at the Boston Triathlon Club which further develops young swimmers to compete in triathlons. .
He said: “A state of the art gym linked to an education centre? I can only see this redevelopment as good for the city. I can see it becoming very important. My hunch is that I can only see the good points.
“I’ve seen more people using the gym lately, it’s probably post-Covid. But even so, if we can keep that with improved facilities, I don’t see that as a downside.
“People go to Lincoln or Skegness to use the facilities, but I think it will keep those people here and help improve the town.”
In the leisure pool, swimmer Claire Rennison, 32, from Kirton, said more family-friendly changing rooms were needed. She said: “My eight-year-old boy is at an age where he has to use the men’s locker room.
“I also have a one-year-old baby and if it was just me coming here with the two of them, he would have to use the men’s locker room on my own. He will go there with his older nephew or my husband.
“What we need here are family changing rooms. The facilities need improvement when you compare this pool to what’s in Louth or Sleaford.”
Many other people have commented on the diet in our Boston Facebook News and Views group. There were calls for affordable prices and a good supply of accessible toilets for people with physical disabilities.
Robert Cooper wrote that “the plans look great and I hope they go ahead”. He commented: “We have been attending the Geoff Moulder pool for six consecutive weeks now with the grandchildren.
“The pool is always warm, my wife is disabled so being able to use the disabled room with the kids is great. The staff are great and we couldn’t fault them.”
Boston received £21.9m from the Towns Fund in March 2021.