By Kevin Werner, News Staff
The Ancaster Lawn Bowling club is looking to have a championship season this year after finally moving into their new clubhouse.
Business advisor Lockhart Morgan said the club took possession of the new clubhouse July 21.
“It’s an impressive building, especially from the previous clubhouse,” said Morgan. “It’s twice as large, spacious and clean. It’s looking spectacular.”
The new clubhouse replaces an aging structure that had been constructed in 1942, said Morgan. The club celebrated its 75th year in 2013.
Ancaster Lawn Bowling club members had been patiently waiting for their clubhouse’s completion after it was delayed due to the severe winter and complications surrounding buried hydro lines. Both the tennis club and lawn bowling clubs’ facilities, located in the Village Green Park behind the new splash pad, were scheduled to be completed in the spring. The new tennis clubhouse opened in June.Morgan said the lawn bowling club had two open tournaments scheduled for April, but they were relocated to Caledonia.The new lawn bowling facility has a larger square footage, separate lockers and washrooms for men and women, a kitchenette area, expanded seating capacity that will be able to hold up to 80 people and a patio area.
“The membership is very enthusiastic about the new clubhouse,” said Morgan.
“We are pleased with how it turned out. We want to thank all the people involved, from the contractor, to the city for the work they put into it. They bent over backwards for us.”
Both clubhouses cost about $790,000, with $360,000 coming from development charges. The two clubs contributed $30,000 each, with the rest of the cost picked up by taxpayers.
Morgan said the club will host their next open tournament Aug. 19, with participants coming from across the area, including Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.
But as club members enjoy the new amenities of their clubhouse, there could be a delay on the long-awaited expansion of the lawn bowling green to regulation size.
Construction on the green was scheduled for later this year, but Morgan said the work may not happen until early next year.
A decision still has to be reached on whether to replace the green with a natural surface or artificial grass. Morgan said most members back the artificial surface, although there are drawbacks.
He said artificial grass becomes extremely hot and uncomfortable for members when its in use. But city officials like artificial surfaces because it costs less to maintain.