Retirement village celebrates community centre opening

Residents, family, and friends celebrated the opening of a brand new facility at the Wānaka-based retirement village.

Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village on Golf Course Rod celebrated the opening of its newly refurbished and extended community centre last Thursday.

220 residents and friends attended the event, which involved a cocktail party and live entertainment. 

The centre had been closed since the lockdown, while the construction team from Breens put the finishing touches in place.

Mary King, who cut a ribbon to mark the opening with fellow resident BettyMcCormack, was one of the first people to move into Aspiring Village in 2010 with her late husband Bruce.

At 98 years of age, McCormack has lived in Wānaka since 1957. McCormack said that she “really enjoys living in the village as everybody is so friendly.”

Entertainment for the evening included pianist Johnny Rogers, a spectacular fire-dancing crew, and a poetry reading by resident Don McLeay.

The much-anticipated extension has added an additional 300 square metres, with a larger lounge, a dining area for over 60 people, a bar, and a brand new kitchen.

In response to the opening, resident John Rich said “The décor, the furnishings, the paintings, the lighting, carpeting, and many other features are all first class. We are certainly very privileged to be living in such a wonderful retirement complex.”

Aspiring Village has 124 independent living villas and 16 apartments. It jointly owns the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre on Cardrona Valley Road with a priority access arrangement for residents. 

The village currently offers the most extensive lifestyle facilities in the Queenstown Lakes District, with an indoor swimming pool, bar, lounges, a media room, library, croquet, a putting green, and much more.

A public open day will be held on Saturday, August 1 between 12pm and 4pm, where everyone is welcome to view the newly refurbished lifestyle centre with a complimentary Devonshire Tea.

View edition 985 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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