Describe a new public facility that improves the local quality of life (such as a park or a cinema)
You should say:
- What it is;
- Where it is;
- What people can do;
- And explain how it influenced the city.
I’m going to talk about a swimming center in my city. It’s within walking distance of my home. It’s probably the most popular place for entertainment in my hometown. So when it comes to a new public facility in my city, the swimming pool is the first thing that comes to mind.
If memory serves correctly, this new swimming center opened to the public last May. Before it was constructed, there was a small stadium on the same land. But not many people went there in recent years because the facilities were pretty old and run-down. To use the land better, the city launched a rebuilding project to turn it into a swimming center.
Since the opening of the pool, tons of people of all different ages have gone there to swim. It makes life a lot easier for swimming enthusiasts like me. I practice my swimming skills there pretty often. Plus, I think relationships between neighbors can be improved because the center often holds tons of community events, like swimming games and pool parties.
Besides, in my view, it’s also an awesome place for residents in the neighborhood to wind down. We usually live a sedentary lifestyle; you know, we’re always tied-up with work and study. So a swimming pool nearby is a great place for people to chill out. I hope there can be more public facilities like this in the future. They will bring a more recreational life to people in the community.
within walking/driving etc. distance of: possible to reach by walking/driving etc.
if my memory serves me (well/right/correctly): used for saying that you think you have remembered something correctly
run-down /ˌrʌn ˈdaʊn/ (adj): (of a building or place) in very bad condition; that has not been taken care of = dilapidated /dɪˈlæpɪdeɪtɪd/
wind down: (of a person) relax after stress or excitement
a sedentary lifestyle: Someone who has a sedentary lifestyle or job sits down a lot of the time and does not take much exercise.
get tied up with something: to become really busy with something that you aren’t able to stop doing
chill out: to relax instead of worrying or feeling anxious