06/07/2004 - 22:00

Tennis club courts public over gym plan

06/07/2004 - 22:00


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Tennis club courts public over gym plan

The Perth public may hold the fate of the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club in its hands, with a process for public comment to be formulated regarding a $15 million Next Generation fitness club proposal for the site.

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority will meet this week to discuss the process for the public comment, which is expected to take 60 days.  It will then make a recommendation to Environment Minister Judy Edwards.

Failure to secure development approval from Dr Edwards will mean an uncertain future for the 104-year-old tennis club.

RKPTC president Bob Stevenson has previously told WA Business News the future for the club would become tenuous and it would more than likely need volunteer support to survive.

The club has been struggling for a number of years because of declining membership numbers and increasing maintenance costs of its 28 tennis courts.

For more than three years RKPTC has been seeking to develop a facility that would encourage membership uptake and attract major sporting events to Western Australia.

The proposed Next Generation gymnasium would be built on the existing footprint of the RKPTC clubhouse, and architect plans viewed by WA Business News seem to indicate a seamless incorporation of a modern facility with its neighbouring heritage-listed facilities.

Should the gymnasium project go ahead, similar colour schemes to the existing buildings will be used and the height of the new building would remain the same, even though there will be three levels rather than two. 

A new area joining the clubhouse to one of the heritage stands will house the reception area and boardroom facilities.

Incorporated into the Next Generation development are two 50-metre hydrotherapy pools, a day spa, five squash courts, a jacuzzi, spa and sauna, an Internet room and lounge and bar.

Peter Hunt Architects has produced the plans.

The state-of-the-art gym has been modelled on Next Generation’s Adelaide club on Memorial Drive and will be much smaller than the gymnasium Next Generation recently built in Bibra Lake.

The KPTC grass and clay tennis courts, renowned as some of the best in the world, would be available to members of the Next Generation club if they purchased the appropriate membership.

Next Generation has reportedly invested $170,000 to refurbish the heritage-listed grandstands, a feature that will remain with the new development.

The work was required so the stands would be suitable for the Davis Cup, which the club will host in September.

Memberships of the new facility would be purchased through Next Generation under its normal membership structure.


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