Liverpool Watersports Centre will be undergoing a huge refurbishment over the winter which will include significant external repairs and painting, improving access and refurbishment of the changing rooms and café.
The refurbishment is a joint project between Canal & River Trust which owns the centre and Local Solutions, the charity which has operated the centre since it was built. The Canal & River Trust, the national waterways and wellbeing charity, is funding the £350k refurbishment with support from Sport England and Local Solutions. The work which started in November will be completed by March.
Liverpool Watersports Centre operates with the aim of making watersports accessible to everyone. Last year, 16,000 people used the centre including many community and school groups.
Nick Smith, enterprise manager at the Trust said: "The Watersports Centre is such a great asset to have in Liverpool’s historic docks offering a variety of watersports activities from canoeing, paddle boarding to open water swimming, it is used by so many people.
"We’re delighted to be carrying out these much-needed repairs to the Watersports Centre which will create better access enabling more local people to use it."
Jon Hannaway who manages Liverpool Watersports Centre said: "We’re looking forward to starting the new season with a refurbished centre. The centre is enjoyed by the whole community and these changes will mean that we can better serve our customers."