New home found for Girvan's Quay zone after storm battered gym

-Credit: (Image: Ayrshire Post)
-Credit: (Image: Ayrshire Post)

A new home has been found for the gym at the temporarily closed Quay Zone in Girvan.

Members of The Quay Zone, as well as pay as you go customers, will be able to use a new facility at Dalrymple Street Community Centre from Monday, July 1.

Opened in 2017, the multi-million pound leisure centre was forced to close earlier this year following storm damage.

Gym equipment including treadmills, cross trainers, rowers, spin bikes and resistance machines will be moved into the ground floor hall of the community centre. Fitness classes will also be held in the hall.

The gym will be open seven days a week, from 6.15am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 6.15am to 7pm on Fridays and 9am to 4pm at weekends.

The gym can only be accessed via the community centre’s Dalrymple Street entrance so SCCL is asking users to park a short walk away at the free Chalmers Arcade Car Park as parking is limited and time restricted in front of the Community Centre.

South Ayrshire Council and South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) have been working to find alternative provisions since the closure in January.

As a result, the council reopened the old swimming pool in Maybole for use of their members and residents from the KA26 postcode area.

Jane Bradley, director of communities and transformation at South Ayrshire Council said: “We have been working with SCCL to get alternatives in place so people in and around Girvan can have access to leisure facilities; this is the culmination of all that hard work.

“I would like to thank all the groups and previous users of the Community Centre for agreeing to alternative arrangements so that SCCL could open up their temporary gym.

“I am delighted to say that we have also achieved a major milestone at The Quay Zone building as the new roof is now in place. The building is currently being dried out before being stripped back, we can then look at the internal rebuild.”

Allan Rattray, SCCL chairperson added: “We are delighted to announce that we will be opening our gym and fitness classes at Dalrymple Street Community Centre on July 1.

“After their support to re-open the Maybole Swimming Pool, we would once again like to thank South Ayrshire Council for working with us to provide this alternative location, enabling us to bring back these much-valued services to our members and the South Carrick community, while construction work is being carried out at our facility at Girvan harbour.

“We would also like to thank our members and supporters for their continued patience and support as we work over the next few weeks to get ready to open the doors and welcome them back."

SCCL is currently writing to their members to inform them of the new arrangements and to encourage them to reinstate their membership before June 18.

Anyone wishing to reinstate their membership should phone 01465 915 200 (Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4.30pm and Friday between 9am and 12pm).

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