By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Proposed plans to re-build the Ancaster Tennis Clubhouse, and construct a new clubhouse for the lawn bowling club by next spring is scoring high marks with both groups.
“Are we excited? That is an understatement,” said Lock Morgan, the business manager for the Ancaster Lawn Bowling Club. “We are very encouraged about what is happening.”
The lawn bowling club is celebrating its 75th year in 2013 with a clubhouse that was built in the early 1940s.
“It’s a timely replacement,” said Morgan.
Rick Burjaw, the Ancaster Tennis Club president, said in an earlier interview, the current clubhouse hasn’t been upgraded for about 45 years.
“It’s a joke,” he said.
The tennis clubhouse will be expanded from its current 400-square feet to about 800 square feet, with the addition of separate washrooms and locker areas for men and women, and a bar area so the club can host a few gatherings. Windows will also be installed overlooking the courts. The club in 2012 expanded its three tennis courts to five at a cost of about $390,000.
The lawn bowling club will also see an expanded square footage to its facility, separate lockers and washrooms for men and women, a kitchenette area, larger seating capacity that will rise from 60 people to 80, and an outdoor patio area.
“That should be very positive for everyone,” said Morgan.
The clubhouse will also be winterized, allowing members to use the facility during the cold months, and rent it out to other groups, said Morgan.
Both clubhouses are located in the Village Green Park area behind the new splash pad.
The clubhouses roofline designs are different, with the tennis clubhouse sporting a slightly sloping angle. Marnie Cluckie, manager of facilities and capital works, said that could change when the tenders for the project is issued Sept. 23.
The $750,000 cost for the two projects will be mitigated by the $360,000 development charges the city will be tapping into. Both clubs are contributing $30,000 each towards the projects, leaving the rest of the cost for taxpayers to pick up.
“There will be no increase in taxes,” said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson. “There will be no effect to other projects in the city.”
Cluckie said both buildings will be constructed with laminate board on the clubhouses’ exterior to prevent vandalism.
“It’s resilient,” she said. “You can beat it with a baseball bat.”
Both structures will be completed with a stone finish at the bottom.
“We want (the facilities) to be finished in a very professional manner,” she said.
Cluckie said construction is scheduled to begin Oct. 21, and last four to five months.
“It is ahead of schedule by about two weeks,” she said.
The new clubhouse for the lawn bowling club will allow it to increase membership from its current 72 to hopefully over 100 people over the next couple of years.
“We are a prime market demographically for our sport,” said Morgan.
There are also plans in the fall of 2014 to expand the lawn bowling green to regulation size.
“We are limited to one green which limits our membership,” said Morgan. “Everything is positive at the moment. We are really looking forward to the new clubhouse. I hope they stay on schedule.”