New Waterpoint gym opens in Enniscrone

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Plans for new adventure centre revealed as seaside village aims to exploit Wild Atlantic Way potential.

FITNESS: Sportswoman Sarah Rowe shows Ciaran Hayes around the new facility.
FITNESS: Sportswoman Sarah Rowe shows Ciaran Hayes around the new facility.

The new gym at Waterpoint in Enniscrone was officially opened on Friday last, June 3 by Ciaran Hayes, CEO of Sligo County Council.

At a cost of €60,000 the gym is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment including 2016 Techno Gym 700 Series Cardio equipment, Concept Rowers, Watt Bikes, Body Image Weights Machines and an Olympic Weight Lifting Set with weights up to 375kgs,

Speaking at the launch, Chairman of the Waterpoint Board of Directors, Dermot O’Regan said, “Being awarded €44,000 under the Sports Capital Grant from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport was the catalyst for this development. I would like to thank Minister Michael Ring TD for supporting this project”.

The new gym is located at the rear of the facility with separate changing facilities and access points. The hall where the old gym was located has been redeveloped into an indoor play centre for birthday parties, school tours and children’s camps.

“We have invested in a new soft play jump and slide which can be used indoors or outdoors depending on the weather. This new bouncy castle is already a hit with the little ones in the community and will be used to strengthen our Children’s Camp packages this summer.”

The launch of the new gym was also used by Dermot O’Regan to reveal future plans for the facility.

“I am pleased to release today plans for a new phase of development at Waterpoint which will position the facility as a landmark activity centre on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is planned to develop an outdoor paint ball area, obstacle course, climbing wall, zorbing area etc..”

Visitor numbers from home and abroad to Enniscrone have been increasing steadily since the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way route by Failte Ireland in 2014.

And there has been a lot of focus on the West Sligo village with the high-profile development by David McGowan of the Quirky Glamping Village. “This new phase in Waterpoint’s development will respond to a gap in the market place targeting young adults and teens,” said Mr O’Regan. ”It will also complement the existing offerings from the local activity providers.”

He concluded: “I would like to acknowledge the support to date from Sligo County Council, Local Enterprise Office Sligo, Sligo Leader Partnership Company, Fáilte Ireland and Enniscrone and District Community Development Limited.”

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