With a jubilant gathering of 75 residents, the centre's grand reopening was nothing short of a celebration.
Nestled within the serene beauty of Forest Hills, a sense of excitement and camaraderie filled the air as the doors of the newly renovated Community Centre swung open.
The village’s communal space has been given a full makeover — from updated furniture, to beautiful decorations and even a brand new set of mailboxes at the entrances.
‘The vision for the project was to create a facility that would revitalise the village community and increase the reputation of the village within the surrounding area’, explains development manager Stephen Gill, who worked on this project.
‘Together with McCabe Architects, we were able to come up with creative solutions that brought the Community Centre up to today's standards, but didn't make the space feel out of place within the village’.
As attendees mingled and explored the centre's modernised spaces, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingled with the laughter of old friends catching up and new acquaintances bonding over shared interests.
‘The new Community Centre is the place that our residents can come to catch up, enjoy a chat, and be part of the social dinners and happy hours’, says village manager Leanne Zannoni. ‘The new banksia room is used for our craft group and just to hang out to play a great game of scrabble to keep the mind active.
Our alfresco area is a new addition that our residents are looking forward to using all year round for BBQs and as a general area to sit and enjoy a coffee and chat.’ On top of that, the lush and meticulously designed new gardens not only surround the alfresco dining space, but also provide a picturesque view enhancing residents’ dining enjoyment.
The new village centre perfectly represents the community spirit at Forest Hills, which became particularly obvious in a heartwarming moment during the opening event. The spotlight shifted to George, a beloved resident of the retirement village, as he celebrated his 100th birthday. The room resounded with a harmonious chorus of "Happy Birthday," a true testament to the bonds forged within this close-knit community.
While the official public launch is scheduled for the second week of September, the palpable enthusiasm shared among attendees makes it clear that this is just the beginning. The promise of further updates and improvements serves as a beacon of anticipation, igniting the collective curiosity of residents and staff alike.
‘The new Community Centre is the pride of the residents’, says village manager Leanne. ‘Since our opening, they have not been able to stay away. They love to show off the new hub to their families and have a new space to read and catch up with friends.’
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