Leisureplex gym set for enhancements

The Karratha Leisureplex gym is set to be expanded following an extensive review of facility patronage and options for facility improvements.

Glow in the dark mini-golf will be removed, with the spin room to be re-located into the former golf space to create room to expand the gym.

The facility improvements are set to cost approximately $400,000 and will also include a reconfiguration of the aquatic changing facilities.

City of Karratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said the facility had been much loved since its opening since 2013, but needed to continue to improve to keep up with customer requirements.

“The gym is a very popular facility but it can get quite crowded at peak times, particularly in the evening so this expansion is in response to customer demand,” Cr Lally said.

“Many gym users have given feedback about the gym being crowded and requiring more equipment and this will give us the space required to expand,” he said.

“We need to make sure that our facilities stay fresh and keep up with community demand and this will help our Leisureplex to continue to be a great sporting precinct for the city and the wider region.”

Council will investigate a new home for the mini golf equipment recognising the need for activities for young people and the use it has received for birthday parties and on school holidays.

Other options considered included an extension of the shade structure of the 50m pool and a water slide feature, however these were determined not to be cost effective.

The improvements works are set to begin in the 2016/17 financial year.