Something for everyone
We help you make the most of your free time.
Leisure centres, parks, green spaces, libraries and historic buildings are among opportunities we provide in fitness, sport and culture - along with the chance to have your say in what you want.
Sandwell's leisure centres are booming:
- opened in 2013 - Tipton's new centre (25-metre pool, dance and fitness studio and 54-station gym);
- opening later in 2013 - Oldbury's new Portway Lifestyle Centre (hydrotherapy pool, gym and weights area, dance studio, climbing wall, cafeteria and GP surgery);
- opened in spring 2014 - West Bromwich's new centre;
- opened in 2015 - a completely rebuilt centre for Wednesbury; and
- on the drawing board - initial plans for new or improved leisure facilities in Smethwick.
We have Green Flag parks (the national standard for welcoming, safe and well maintained parks and green spaces with strong community involvement) in each of our six main towns and we'll make sure this continues.
Our next major investment project (after Cradley Heath's Haden Hill and West Bromwich's Dartmouth parks and other landmark spaces) is set to be Smethwick's Lightwoods Park and House. We have won £3.6 million in lottery grants for these improvements.
We believe in quality green spaces with facilities such as:
- play areas,youth facilities, skate parks;
- outdoor gyms;
- community pavilions;
- ornamental lakes;and
- good fencing, signs and benches.
Lots of Friends' Groups help run their local parks. We will continue our partnership.Our parks and open spaces, country parks, local nature reserves, sports pitches and allotments all contribute to how healthy and well you feel.
New libraries are now open in Oldbury and Blackheath and we've improved those in Smethwick and West Bromwich. We will continue working with communities so you see all our libraries are about much more than lending books.
We are improving historic buildings such as West Bromwich's Oak and Manor Houses, and Haden Hill House in Cradley Heath.
We are joining up community centres, libraries, leisure centres and parks and linking them together with our new neighbourhood centres, so they are at the heart of our communities and you have a say in what goes on.
Buildings are just part of our efforts to provide activities for all. We run 'friends and neighbours' schemes to help vulnerable people take a part in community life and we also support many voluntary groups and charities.
We want to encourage pride in Sandwell and give you chances to learn about its culture, traditions and customs - and we will provide local neighbourhood arts and heritage projects so the next generation can play its part in creating our ongoing legacy.
We have clear plans for the future in this area. Our aim is to continue to develop the things we do so that you, as residents, feel the benefit. Find out more about what we will do.
This is your chance to tell us what you think about Sandwell overall and the services that we provide.