Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village recently held a cocktail party to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished and extended community centre.
220 residents and friends of the village attended the event last Thursday. The centre had been closed since lock-down while the construction team from Breens put the finishing touches in place.
Mary King and Betty McCormack cut a ribbon to mark the opening. Mary King, along with her late husband Bruce, were among the first residents to move into Aspiring Village in stage one in 2010. At 98 years of age, Betty McCormack, is the village’s oldest resident. Betty has lived in Wanaka since 1957 and “really enjoys living in the village as everybody is so friendly”.
Entertainment for the evening included pianist, Johnny Rogers, along with a fire-dancing crew that proved to be a spectacular highlight. Resident, Don McLeay, recited a poem “2020” recalling Don’s experience of events over the last few months, including the lockdown period.
The much-anticipated extension to the lifestyle centre added an additional 300 square metres in floor area, including a larger lounge, dining for 60+ people, an enlarged bar and a new kitchen.
The interior furnishings were all replaced with brand new, specialised lounge and dining seating.
Resident, John Rich, said “The décor, the furnishings, the paintings around the walls, 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 the envy we are sure of many other villages around the country.”
Aspiring Village has 124 independent living villas, 16 apartments, and in tandem with Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO), jointly owns the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre with a priority access arrangement for residents should they need residential aged care. The village currently offers the most extensive lifestyle facilities in the Queenstown Lakes District, with indoor pool, bar, dining, lounges, media room, library, pentanque, croquet, putting green and more.
A public open day will be held on Saturday the 1st of August between 12pm and 4pm, where people are welcome to view the newly refurbished lifestyle centre and enjoy a complimentary Devonshire Tea.