New gym facilities and an international-themed play area at Waterlooville Leisure Centre were officially opened by the town’s Mayor last week.
The £3 million extension includes a new café, 3-storey gym, large exercise studio and Horizon World of Play – an indoor play centre with a toddler and sensory area.
Mayor Leah Turner said: ‘I am really pleased to be able to open such a lovely facility.’
Horizon Chief Executive, Howard Broad, said: ‘I am so pleased to be able to open such amazing new facilities for the community.
‘Thank you to everyone for all their hard work, to our contractors and staff to make this happen.’
One of the highlights is the new indoor play area, which is both fun and educational.
Children ‘check in’ at reception and can get their passports stamped before they travel around the world.
They can climb skyscrapers in the USA, visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, play football at Wembley Stadium, slide in the Antarctic and visit the toddlers area in Australia.
There is also a gadget in the Australia area of the ball pit that makes balls float.
In addition, there is a sensory area for children with additional needs and special sessions will run every Monday starting on July 13 from 6.30pm-7.30pm with reduced rates.
The refurbished reception area has doubled in size, with the new café offering reasonably priced fresh food, hot meals and drinks daily.
The spacious new air-conditioned exercise studio means there will be a bigger and wider range of group fitness classes.
The cardiovascular area has treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowers, cross trainers, exciting new power mills and two new everlasting staircases.
Resistance equipment covers every muscle group in the body and comprises a great selection of free-weight machines and weights alongside a functional training area.
Visit horizonlc.com for more information.