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.
The rebuild will take approximately 18 months and it is intended that the clubhouse will be opened with support from the local community by the Prime Minister in November 2021.
For further information please contact Sir Bob Harvey President at firstname.lastname@example.org, 021986107 or email Club Secretary at email@example.com.