Ancaster Tennis Club serves up five-court expansion

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

A major expansion plan by Ancaster Tennis Club has won the support of a local advisory committee.

The Ancaster Community Committee is backing a plan by the tennis club to expand its Lodor Street complex from three to five courts. The plan would include shifting the courts to a north/south orientation, instead of the current east/west. An existing soccer field used by Ancaster Soccer Club would be eliminated.

Ancaster Tennis Club president Rick Burjaw said the expansion would allow the club to surpass the 500-member mark. The tennis club plans to raise all required funds, but needs approval to allocate the cityowned land for expansion.

“We’re busting at the seams for court time,” said Mr. Burjaw.

A conceptual plan drafted by city architect Cynthia Graham includes a spray pad and a five-metre expansion of the Ancaster Lawn Bowling Club green on the south and west sides. Existing play equipment and swings will be retained on the cityowned property known as Village Green Park, located between Lodor Street and the Ancaster Municipal Service Centre.

Ms. Graham said the five new tennis courts can be accommodated alongside the existing practice court and clubhouse.

“It fits. It’s tight, but it’s workable,” she told the ACC members.

Mr. Burjaw said the club already has more than 40 per cent of the cost needed to expand the complex. The club still hopes to acquire an air-supported bubble dome for use from December to March and a new clubhouse. But Mr. Burjaw said the estimated $400,000 cost of the dome and clubhouse is currently cost-prohibitive.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said the loss of the soccer field has been more than offset by this year’s addition of three new fields at the former Jerseyville Road landfill and the plan to build two new artificial turf fields at Redeemer University.

“It’s just a visual impact of the loss of greenspace,” said Mr. Ferguson.

The area behind the municipal centre, also known as Ancaster Square, currently hosts Kidsworld activities during June’s Heritage Days weekend. But Mr. Burjaw said the club could close two of the five asphalt courts during Heritage Days to allow the events to continue at the same venue.

“We played with three courts for over 40 years. I’m sure we can get by with three for another weekend,” Mr. Burjaw said.

The tennis club must continue fundraising to pay for the expansion. In addition to its own capital reserves, Mr. Burjaw said the club may ask members to sponsor one square foot for a minimum donation of $10. The club is also slated to meet with the Ancaster Optimist Club and the Rotary Club of Ancaster.

“I think this is the right thing for the community,” said Mr. Ferguson, who also noted the tennis club is not asking for money from the city. “All the city has to do is allocate the property.”

Ancaster Tennis Club serves up five-court expansion

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

A major expansion plan by Ancaster Tennis Club has won the support of a local advisory committee.

The Ancaster Community Committee is backing a plan by the tennis club to expand its Lodor Street complex from three to five courts. The plan would include shifting the courts to a north/south orientation, instead of the current east/west. An existing soccer field used by Ancaster Soccer Club would be eliminated.

Ancaster Tennis Club president Rick Burjaw said the expansion would allow the club to surpass the 500-member mark. The tennis club plans to raise all required funds, but needs approval to allocate the cityowned land for expansion.

“We’re busting at the seams for court time,” said Mr. Burjaw.

A conceptual plan drafted by city architect Cynthia Graham includes a spray pad and a five-metre expansion of the Ancaster Lawn Bowling Club green on the south and west sides. Existing play equipment and swings will be retained on the cityowned property known as Village Green Park, located between Lodor Street and the Ancaster Municipal Service Centre.

Ms. Graham said the five new tennis courts can be accommodated alongside the existing practice court and clubhouse.

“It fits. It’s tight, but it’s workable,” she told the ACC members.

Mr. Burjaw said the club already has more than 40 per cent of the cost needed to expand the complex. The club still hopes to acquire an air-supported bubble dome for use from December to March and a new clubhouse. But Mr. Burjaw said the estimated $400,000 cost of the dome and clubhouse is currently cost-prohibitive.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said the loss of the soccer field has been more than offset by this year’s addition of three new fields at the former Jerseyville Road landfill and the plan to build two new artificial turf fields at Redeemer University.

“It’s just a visual impact of the loss of greenspace,” said Mr. Ferguson.

The area behind the municipal centre, also known as Ancaster Square, currently hosts Kidsworld activities during June’s Heritage Days weekend. But Mr. Burjaw said the club could close two of the five asphalt courts during Heritage Days to allow the events to continue at the same venue.

“We played with three courts for over 40 years. I’m sure we can get by with three for another weekend,” Mr. Burjaw said.

The tennis club must continue fundraising to pay for the expansion. In addition to its own capital reserves, Mr. Burjaw said the club may ask members to sponsor one square foot for a minimum donation of $10. The club is also slated to meet with the Ancaster Optimist Club and the Rotary Club of Ancaster.

“I think this is the right thing for the community,” said Mr. Ferguson, who also noted the tennis club is not asking for money from the city. “All the city has to do is allocate the property.”

Ancaster Tennis Club serves up five-court expansion

News Sep 10, 2009 Ancaster News

A major expansion plan by Ancaster Tennis Club has won the support of a local advisory committee.

The Ancaster Community Committee is backing a plan by the tennis club to expand its Lodor Street complex from three to five courts. The plan would include shifting the courts to a north/south orientation, instead of the current east/west. An existing soccer field used by Ancaster Soccer Club would be eliminated.

Ancaster Tennis Club president Rick Burjaw said the expansion would allow the club to surpass the 500-member mark. The tennis club plans to raise all required funds, but needs approval to allocate the cityowned land for expansion.

“We’re busting at the seams for court time,” said Mr. Burjaw.

A conceptual plan drafted by city architect Cynthia Graham includes a spray pad and a five-metre expansion of the Ancaster Lawn Bowling Club green on the south and west sides. Existing play equipment and swings will be retained on the cityowned property known as Village Green Park, located between Lodor Street and the Ancaster Municipal Service Centre.

Ms. Graham said the five new tennis courts can be accommodated alongside the existing practice court and clubhouse.

“It fits. It’s tight, but it’s workable,” she told the ACC members.

Mr. Burjaw said the club already has more than 40 per cent of the cost needed to expand the complex. The club still hopes to acquire an air-supported bubble dome for use from December to March and a new clubhouse. But Mr. Burjaw said the estimated $400,000 cost of the dome and clubhouse is currently cost-prohibitive.

Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson said the loss of the soccer field has been more than offset by this year’s addition of three new fields at the former Jerseyville Road landfill and the plan to build two new artificial turf fields at Redeemer University.

“It’s just a visual impact of the loss of greenspace,” said Mr. Ferguson.

The area behind the municipal centre, also known as Ancaster Square, currently hosts Kidsworld activities during June’s Heritage Days weekend. But Mr. Burjaw said the club could close two of the five asphalt courts during Heritage Days to allow the events to continue at the same venue.

“We played with three courts for over 40 years. I’m sure we can get by with three for another weekend,” Mr. Burjaw said.

The tennis club must continue fundraising to pay for the expansion. In addition to its own capital reserves, Mr. Burjaw said the club may ask members to sponsor one square foot for a minimum donation of $10. The club is also slated to meet with the Ancaster Optimist Club and the Rotary Club of Ancaster.

“I think this is the right thing for the community,” said Mr. Ferguson, who also noted the tennis club is not asking for money from the city. “All the city has to do is allocate the property.”