With months to go before demolition work begins on the site of the old Queen’s Park Leisure Centre in Chesterfield, Peak FM has been given rare access to the building to take a look round.
It’s been months since the doors closed for the last time in January 2016 and the wear on the building is there for people to see in the swimming pool, gym and sports hall.
Many of the badminton courts now have water puddled on them and the carpet in the gym allows you to see where all the pieces of equipment once stood due to the marks that have been left after years of people using them.
The swimming pool area remains the most striking and will instantly prompt memories of when people used to either compete for Chesterfield Swimming Club or simply learn how to swim when they were younger.
The toddler pool is the only one of the three that has water in it but the green, dirty water isn’t the clear stuff babies used to splash around in with their parents.
Also in Swimming Pool area is the water slide and diving boards with the latter being out of action for around 18 months prior to the centre closing due to lack of use and also the cost of maintaining the facility which included a ten meter board.
Away from the swimming pool other areas include the Inspire Studio where a number of different types of classes where held along with the first announcement of the centres replacement a few years ago. All of the equipment has since gone but you can still see some of the full length mirrors on the walls.
It was at the start of 2016 that the old Queen’s Park Leisure Centre was replaced by a brand new nearly £12 million facility across the road, however one of the rooms that hasn’t been put in the new building is a nursery. Part of the reason, Peak FM was told, was cost but the old nursery remains and still has some of the toys left by those who used it for the last time along with examples of children’s work across the walls.
The future of the old building is still to be decided but Chesterfield Borough Council, who own the building and the land, have earmarked demolition work to start in September with a decision on the future of the site due sometime after that.
To see all the pictures from our visit to the old Queen's Park Leisure Centre click here.