Enormous progress continues to be made on delivering York’s new Community Stadium and Leisure Complex, as highlighted in a report to the Executive tonight.
The report confirmed that construction works are on schedule, with all works to be completed by May 2019, after which subsequent mobilisation test events will be held before the opening of the new facilities from July 2019.
Since the last report was presented to the Executive in October 2017, many major milestones have been achieved, these include:
- The main swimming pool and learner pool have been constructed and the leisure centre is now having its external cladding added.
- A new partner has joined the York Leisure Complex; Little Gym – A children’s gym offering activities for kids including parent/child classes, kids dance, gymnastics, sports skills and karate.
- GLL have been successfully operating Energise and Yearsley Swimming Pool as part of the long term leisure contract signed in November 2017.
- GLL have now reached a formal legal agreement with the Stadium Operator. York City has set up a specific company to operate the stadium which will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the stadium part of the site. GLL will be responsible for the overall management of the York Stadium Leisure Complex site.
It was also agreed by the Executive that further financial support will be given to York City Knights, in order to assist with their first team playing arrangements at Bootham Crescent, up until the new Stadium is operational. This will be up to the net cost of £30,000 for the 2019 Rugby League season and will be funded from the existing project budget.
Councillor Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, commented:
“I am delighted to see such significant progress being made on the Community Stadium site and having recently visiting the site on a number of occasions, you can really see the project come together.”
“Once the York Stadium Leisure Complex is completed and open, it will offer an excellent standard of facilities to all our residents, ranging from health and wellbeing, to education or leisure.”
“Come July 2019, this will really be a facility for the entirety of York to be proud of.”
To find out more about the Executive report, on the community stadium, please visit: http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=10472.