Gen­er­at­ing mem­o­ries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By DENISE S CAHILL

WHEN news spread that Next Gen Kings Park was on fire in 2014, mem­bers as­sumed it had started in ex­ec­u­tive chef Gina Wass’ kitchen.

“We had a full restau­rant that day and ev­ery­one had to leave the build­ing,” Ms Wass, who started work­ing at the club 10 years ago, said.

The fire, which started in the day spa, is also a poignant mem­ory over the past decade for gen­eral man­ager Richard Hardy be­cause it hap­pened less than a month af­ter he started his role.

The health and life­style club opened a decade ago and cel­e­brated its 10th an­niver­sary with a party in the lounge and din­ing area on Satur­day.

Guests in­cluded found­ing mem­bers, of which there are 232, and some of the 32 life mem­bers who are also part of the ad­ja­cent Royal Kings Park Ten­nis Club.

Mr Hardy said 2014 was also a sad year be­cause the first mem­ber he signed up to the club passed away.

“He was in here five days a week, maybe six and he was a lovely man,” he said.

“I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber him, all the staff thought he was won­der­ful… it was a very sad day (when he died).”

The mem­ber died be­fore Mr Hardy could re­veal he would be the new gen­eral man­ager.

“I never got to tell him I got me dream job,” he said.

Next Gen Kings Park opened on July 1, 2007, and had its first ma­jor up­grade in 2014, which in­cluded a $1.5 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment of the change rooms and lounge area.

Mr Hardy said the $750,000 gym floor up­grade last year was the “most sig­nif­i­cant” in the club’s his­tory.

FUN FACT

Bruce Spring­steen has been to the club three times and Pink’s hus­band Carey Hart vis­ited the cafe while his wife’s tour was in town. The Sydney Swans and Bris­bane Lions foot­ball clubs also use the pool fa­cil­i­ties to cool down when they have a fix­ture in Perth.

Creche man­ager Sheri­dan Bunny, GM Richard Hardy, 10year mem­bers Guy Le Page and Claire Don­ald, ex­ec­u­tive head chef Gina Wass and mem­ber­ship man­ager Sally An­der­son at the front.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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