By Eric Heinz
After years of planning and construction, the city of San Clemente announced on Thursday, Sept. 15, the grand reopening of the Ole Hanson Beach Club will take place 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 30, located at 105. W. Avenida Pico. The event is open to the public.
Event parking will be available on nearby streets and meter violations will not be enforced after 4 p.m., city officials said.
“The Ole Hanson Beach Club was built in 1928 by San Clemente founder Ole Hanson, along with many other public facilities he built and donated such as the pier, community center, and golf course that our community continues to enjoy today,” according to a statement from the city.
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the facility, light refreshments, a no-host bar and entertainment.
Ole Hanson Beach Club has been closed since 2012 for renovations.
“In January 2015, construction work commenced on the beach club to ensure critical repairs and rehabilitation were performed, while maintaining the historic architecture to bring it back to its former glory,” the city’s statement read. “The building, restrooms, balcony and pool have been overhauled, and the building is now structurally compliant with ADA improvements and includes an elevator.”
Although the project was first expected to cost about $1.2 million, the final cost was approximately $5.6 million, due to unforeseen repairs that needed to be made, such as the original pool being built upon the last time renovations were made.
Currently, the proposed hours of operation for the club are 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays. The club will be closed on Saturdays.