Club House opening

Emmerton Park chairman Jonathan Smith, retiring board member and Life Member Dr Chris Bishop and CEO Robert Barden unveiled the new state-of-the-art facility, Club House, to residents and guests at the official opening on Tuesday. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Facility. Emmerton Park has unveiled a project six months in the making to residents and the wider community at a ceremony on Tuesday.

The Emmerton Park ‘Club House’ is a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide residents with a new light-filled and spacious area to socialise.

Designed by Philp Lighton Architects and constructed by Fairbrother, the 220-square-metre facility includes an activities lounge with cinema screen and surround sound, dance floor, indoor bowls, outdoor putting green, computer, craft and meeting rooms, library and large commercial kitchen.

Outside, there is disabled parking with wheelchair access.

Building for the project commenced in January and concluded last month.

At the official opening for the facility on Tuesday, retiring board member and Emmerton Park Life Member Dr Chris Smith unveiled the project’s commemorative plaque alongside board chairman Jonathan Smith and Emmerton Park CEO Robert Barden.

“We try to encourage a sense of community within out retirement village,” Mr Barden said.

“And we believe an important fact of living within a community is having a hub.”

The Club House is located in Upper Grant Street on the site where six of the retirement village’s original one-bedroom units were demolished in 2011.

“This facility has the potential for flexible use by our residents as well as opportunity for use by the greater community,” Mr Barden said.

“It complements our residential aged care facility and our strategy to make the units a lifestyle option.”

A coordinated activity program driven by Emmerton Park’s residents and overseen by support coordinator Gaylene de Jonge will commence at the Club House in coming weeks.

The space will be available for access seven days a week.

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