Stopgap 'pop-up' gym plan for Belfast's Twinbrook community
A 'pop-up' gym could be established in west Belfast while the community waits for a new leisure centre to be built.
Belfast City Council has agreed to build a £15m facility in Twinbrook to replace the current Brook Activity Centre.
However, construction is not set to start until August this year and won't be completed until 2019. Now a proposal has been made that a "pop-up gym facility" be created for locals to use while the new leisure centre is being built.
The temporary amenity is proposed to be set up in part of the main hall at Brook and include a 50-station gym.
Council minutes explain: "The rationale for this was to ensure continuity of provision for existing Andersonstown gym members and also to help attract new members to the centre thereby providing a platform from which to market the new centre prior to its opening in 2019."
A meeting of the council's strategic policy and resources committee on Friday will consider the proposal.
It must also be approved by a full meeting of the council.
The new £15m leisure centre will include a 25-metre swimming pool, fitness suite, exercise studio, spin studio, 3G pitches and a hurling wall.
There will also be a playground and outdoor gym.