A £14 million leisure centre in Barking marked its first year of activity on 16 March 2016.
The Abbey Leisure Centre on Bobby More Way has recorded 440,000 visits since it opened last year.
As many as 275,000 people attended the centre’s aquatics swimming programme, and more than 1,750 children took part weekly in the weekly Learn to Swim programme.
Leader of the council Darren Rodwell said: “The Abbey Leisure Centre was built in response to a real need for good quality and affordable fitness provision in the borough which improved the health and wellbeing of our residents.
“I am delighted that it has fulfilled all ambitions which are borne out by the very impressive visitor numbers. I’m sure it will continue to be a much-used and well-loved facility for many years to come.”
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