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Mercerwood Shore Club will get new facility

This artist’s rendering of the new clubhouse and outdoor space includes a larger outside recreational plaza. The new clubhouse is expected to be finished in 2015. - Contributed photo
This artist’s rendering of the new clubhouse and outdoor space includes a larger outside recreational plaza. The new clubhouse is expected to be finished in 2015.
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The Mercerwood Shore Club, located off of East Mercer Way, will be building a new clubhouse next year.

The club announced in June that membership voted to demolish the current clubhouse and build a new building and a new recreation plaza area on the site.

“While this clubhouse has served us well, it is time for a new and improved family experience,” said club president David Evans. “We are really excited about our plans to add a toddler area and hot tub to the already magnificent pool that we have at the club. We have been working on this redesign for more than a year. The planning has been member-focused and driven almost entirely by surveys and focus groups of the membership.”

Club General Manager Paul Von Destinon said they have been in the planning stages for the last 18 months, and that vote was overwhelming in favor of the new building.

“We had over 75 percent of our membership vote,” he said of the plan.

The current club was established in 1953, when the clubhouse was built. Von Destinon said there was an addition in the 1960s, but largely, the clubhouse is as it was over 50 years ago. Planning and permitting for the new clubhouse will take place through this year. Von Destinon said construction will begin after Labor Day and be done before Memorial Day the following year, so the club won’t lose any of its summer schedule. He added that the club — everything except the clubhouse — will be open during construction.

The new clubhouse will include a workout space with views of Lake Washington, along with a new state of the art locker room and lounge area with WiFi. The pool will also include increased lounge space on the deck and the addition of a toddler area and hot tub.

Mercerwood is the smallest of the private clubs on the Island, but continues to be popular, especially with its strong youth summer swimming program. The Mercerwood swim team has won the Midlakes League Championships the last seven years, and the water polo team is a top team in the league.

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