Warm reception to Next Gen Kings Park’s 10th birthday

Creche manager Sheridan Bunny, general manager Richard Hardy, 10-year members Guy Le Page and Claire Donald, executive head chef Gina Wass and membership manager Sally Anderson at the front. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472241
Creche manager Sheridan Bunny, general manager Richard Hardy, 10-year members Guy Le Page and Claire Donald, executive head chef Gina Wass and membership manager Sally Anderson at the front. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472241

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 will celebrate its 10th birthday with a party in the lounge and dining area on Saturday.

Guests will include 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 my dream job,” he said.

Next Gen Kings Park opened on July 1, 2007 and had its first major upgrade in 2014 that 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 caf 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.