Holt Park Active was hailed as a new and exciting idea. In fact, it was described as a different sort of centre, aimed at giving a much wider range of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to be active, to socialise, and to learn new skills. When I thought about Holt Park Active, the image that popped into my head was of a typical sports centre or gym, full of sweaty people with towels around their necks or of an old style nursing home with faded carpets and curtains. How wrong was I!I was asked to go to Holt Park Active to meet some of the people who moved to the centre after it opened in December last year. As I’d never been to the centre, and I had only seen the artists’ impression above, I had no real idea of what I was letting myself in for.
On arrival, I was surprised at how much like the drawing the centre was, right down to the planted areas and the blue skies (although I think the weather may have been sheer luck!). As I walked into the building looking for the reception desk I was met with a big, bright, and welcoming area. There was a real buzz to the place with families, couples, and individuals enjoying the space and the café – and not a pair of shorts or sweaty towels in sight!
From my first impression of Holt Park Active I was very pleasantly surprised; it is a modern, bright and airy place – with something happening in every room and every corner. I saw people swimming, learning to use computers, curling (I know, who would have thought it!), drawing, knitting yellow jumpers for the Black Prince, cooking and doing arts and crafts – there was even a few ladies having their hair done – the list just goes on and on!
I certainly felt the centre was living up to its hype. For me, it really was a new and exciting place, everywhere you looked people were enjoying themselves, even if it was just sitting and watching the television, chatting with friends or having some playful banter with the staff – it felt very much like a place where everyone is welcome and you can do as much or as little as you want.
The range of activities was staggering with something to suit all tastes; did I mention they also have a beautiful garden? Well they do! I was lucky to be there on a gloriously sunny day and people were outside enjoying the sun and pottering around in the garden and tending to the plants. I could have happily stayed there the whole day, but duty called.
On my visit I had the pleasure of being shown around by Bridget Glynn, the Day Services Manager, click here to see what Bridget has to say on Holt Park Active. But in the meantime don’t just take my word for it, why not take a trip to Holt Park Active yourself and see everything they have to offer.
Holt Park Active,
Tel: 0113 378 1301.