The Karekare Surf Club is pleased to announce that after 15 years of planning and 5 years of access and consent the new building will commence demolition in Autumn 2020.
The Club is delighted that this new $3.3m rebuild will serve future generations of lifesavers on this beautiful but often dangerous west coast beach. It has been a long process raising the funds for the building designed by local architect Richard Priest. It will be rebuilt on the site that the club owns and with the help from Auckland Council a new access way will link the clubhouse building and the Karekare public carpark.
It is a major rebuild for the club which is celebrating 85 years on the beach with over 100 young and experienced lifeguards, many who have been raised in the local community. Club President, Sir Bob Harvey said, “This is such a special event for the Karekare beach area and our local community. This wonderful new asset will last us through the century ahead, it will be a state-of-the-art lifeguarding hub and community resource centre for all to share.”
Waitākere Ranges councillor Linda Cooper echoes Sir Bob’s delight that the project has reached this significant stage. “I am very pleased and proud that Auckland Council funding through the Surf 10:20 project has helped Karekare Surf Club to realise their long-held goal. The journey has been long, and I would like to acknowledge everyone who has worked so hard to secure this rebuild. I am excited to see the project come to fruition.”
The Karekare car park will have limited car parking for the summer of 2020-21 and signage will be placed on Lone Kauri Road, West Coast Road, Piha Road and Scenic Drive drawing attention to the limited parking. The club apologies for any inconvenience while the new clubhouse is being built.
The club would like to thank all the local Karekare community for their support and understanding.
After 20 years of planning and fundraising the Karekare Surf Life Saving Club will commence the demolition of its present building before beginning the construction of a new state of the art, purpose built surf club and community hub.
The site will be accessed by a new temporary roadway while building is undertaken by Cassidy Construction. It is planned that work will start around the 7 May and take about 18 months. The Club is hoping to open the new building in November 2021. The access road will be returned to a more natural sand surface once works have been completed. Parking will be considerably reduced with the removal of the summer overflow parking which will be required as a set down and preparation area.
We also ask for your patience as there may be short periods of time when vehicle access to Karekare is slower than usual to enable the movement of trucks and equipment.
Please find an overhead plan of the proposed works for the access to the surf club. While you will see an allowance to move suitably cleaned heavy equipment along the stream to access the club site this is unlikely to be needed now.
We had planned to enable continued use of the northern access track to the beach, however due to stream changes and Health and Safety considerations we will no longer be able to. To access the beach while the project is underway, we ask you and Regional Park visitors to use the walking track on the southern side of the stream.
Patrols will be maintained as good as ever during the construction period and during next summer we will operate out of a temporary venue in the valley.
The Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club thanks you sincerely for your patience and understanding while we rebuild a club that will serve our community and continue to save lives on our beautiful but dangerous Karekare Beach.