THE opening of Active Tribe Courtown, which was due to take place this month, has been pushed back to December due to further renovations at the centre.
Owners Scott Baigent and Cameron Wallace confirmed that the delay in opening the facility at the former Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre will prevent closure in the future to undertake the works.
“Our expanded works include retiling of all drainage channels around the pools, additional works in the pool plant room and a complete renovation of all bathrooms, showers and changing area,” they said in a statement.
“We had always planned to gradually renovate the remaining parts of the centre over the coming one to two years while it was open but, in discussing our medium term plan with our team, interior designers and contractors, it became apparent that much of this work would require us to fully close the centre.
“While it is incredibly disappointing to us and the community to delay the reopening now, we believe that it would be more disruptive to have to reclose the centre in a year’s time to facilitate more construction works.
“We have decided to bring forward these additional renovation works in the centre now to avoid having to close the centre again.”
They said that they now expect to open in December 2021, with swimming lessons beginning in January.
“With these renovation works done, we can then focus on exciting and substantial expansion plans for the centre for the medium term,” said Scott.
He added that since June, the team has undertaken significant renovation works in the reception, café, health suite and viewing areas.
“We are nearing completion of a complete remodelling of the reception area that now includes a modern front desk, new check in system with new turnstiles, a brand new café and additional seating in the immediate area around the cafe and along the viewing area looking into the pools. We have also dramatically improved the health suite area, including re-fibre glassing the spa and new flooring and tiling which will brighten up the suite dramatically. We are also implementing a whole new online booking system that will enable guests and members to book their kids into the swimming academy, swim and gym sessions and fitness classes.
“In addition to guest and members swimming and gym sessions and kids swim academy, we will be offering a great range of wellness and fitness classes that will cater for a wide range of abilities and ages. We hope to be able to open the outdoor activities by mid next year”.
Along with Wexford County Council and Wexford Walking Trails, Active Tribe has undertaken safety maintenance works on the Courtown Woods trails, including relaying some gravel on sections of the trail that had become slippery and a new handrail where the bank drops away steeply.
“We have had some great meetings with various community groups and we look forward to working with local groups on expanding the amenity of the centre and maintaining the Courtown Woods,’ said Scott.
Linda Sinnott of Courtown Community Council said that local people are looking forward to working with Active Tribe on the preservation and ecological integrity of Courtown Woods.
“As a critical part of Courtown’s health and wellbeing, the community is of course disappointed that the centre’s re-opening has been delayed but we very much welcome Active Tribe’s efforts to upgrade the facilities and provide us with a re-vamped sports hub,” she said.
“To date, Courtown Community Council has served as Wexford Walking Trail’s appointed trail monitors for Courtown Woods and unfortunately, we were not consulted about the recent remedial work funded by the council on paths and riverbanks which generated dozens of complaints locally.
“In the middle of nesting season, ground vegetation and mature trees were damaged by heavy machinery. While trail maintenance is necessary, it is crucial that Active Tribe ensures that environmental harms are minimised.”
She added that Courtown Community Council and the Protect the Woods group are currently reconstituting to a broader coalition of local stakeholders and specialist advisors under the new group Courtown Woods Alliance.