Parkwood Leisure acquires Dolygaer Activity Centre

Parkwood Leisure acquires Dolygaer Activity Centre

Parkwood Leisure has announced its acquisition of Dolygaer Outdoor Activity Centre in Merthyr Tydfil following the recent auction of the site in Mayfair, London.  

The centre which boasts dormitory style accommodation and outdoor pursuit facilities was closed for trading by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council at the end of January 2015 following budget cuts in the wake of local authority austerity measures. 

Leader of Merthyr Tydfil , Councillor Brendan Toomey, said: “Whilst it is regrettable that the Council was in a position where it had to sell Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre, it is good to see that it’s been sold to be used for recreational purposes by the young people and residents of Merthyr Tydfil”.

Graeme MacLennan, Head of Sales and Marketing for Parkwood Leisure stated: “We are delighted to have acquired Dolygaer Outdoor Activity Centre which boasts an unbeatable location and reputation for delivering outdoor pursuit activities.  We very much look forward to re-opening the centre for public and educational use again in time for the summer of 2015.”

Parkwood Leisure is one of the leading leisure management operators in the UK, with over 80 diverse leisure venues including a watersports centre, cycle hire centre and three dedicated theatres.  Parkwood already successfully operates seven leisure centres in Wales on behalf of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan councils. 

Dolygaer is the first centre that Parkwood has purchased outright and demonstrates the company’s commitment to working within the Welsh community.

The company has recently launched a new cycling brand, Change Gear which delivers Balanceability, Bikeability, cycle hire and Sportive cycling events to both children and adults and this will form part of the new business model for the centre. 

Graeme MacLennan added: “We are truly excited about the prospect of bringing our leisure business experience to Dolygaer, enabling this great venue to remain open to the local community, schools and businesses, so that everyone may continue to enjoy Dolygaer’s unique location and facilities.”