The much anticipated Gilford Community Centre opened in April 2012, providing the local community with an ultra modern, multi-purpose sports facility and performing arts venue fit for the 21st century.
Provided at a cost of £2.4 million and located at Stramore Park in the heart of the town, this new facility represents a significant investment in the districtís sports infrastructure as well as local peopleís health and wellbeing.
The 1400m≤ building comprises a four-court sports hall, a fully equipped fitness suite, two meeting rooms, a kitchen area, separate changing facilities for individuals and groups along with ample car parking.
It has been designed with sustainability, affordability and accessibility in mind. To ensure easy access to the new facility from all parts of the town, a new steel footbridge spanning 25m over the River Bann has been erected.
A new set of canoe steps has been provided at Stramore Park, extending the canoe trail along the River Bann. Plans are underway to create a slalom course for beginners at this location later this year and develop opportunities for other water sports.
To compensate for the closure of Gilford Library, Banbridge District Council has teamed up with Libraries NI to provide a new interactive iPad-based book ordering service from the new centre as well as hold a small collection of books for public use.
A varied activity programme is currently being developed to ensure that this new facility is used by all members of the local community. Get in touch and tell us what physical activities or exercise classes you would like to participate in.
The Council is committed to making sure Gilford Community Centre provides what the area so desperately needs - a shared and inclusive civic space for sports as well as other community activities.
Gilford Community Centre is open Monday to Friday from 12pm to 10pm but group activities can be accommodated outside of normal opening hours if a booking is made well in advance.
Gilford Community Centre
5 Stramore Road, Gilford, Co. Down BT63 6HL
T: 028 3883 1708