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End of Season Member Survey

To help the Dufferin Club improve on programming for next year, all paid members, guests and camp participants (with a valid email address) were sent an email from Survey Monkey with a link to an online survey. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to fill out. We thank everyone in advance for taking the time to share your thoughts on this past season.

If you did not receive an email, you can fill out the survey by clicking on the appropriate link(s) below:

Dufferin Park Master Plan

The City of Brantford Parks and Recreation presented their final Dufferin Park Master Plan concept Tuesday, October 15 to the public. The presentation was led by Jon Joyce, the landscape architect. There were about 30 people in attendance, including Brian Hughes and Vicki Armitage from Parks and Recreation, but no city councillors. For those who were unable to attend the meeting, the full presentation is available here in pdf format from the city's Dufferin Park Master Plan web site.Final Plan

The discussion after the presentation was fairly volatile and focused on the lack of a clubhouse. Most people felt there should be a clubhouse. and that the current plan is inadequate. As the plan stands, the park would be renovated in four phases, most likely in different years. The tennis courts would be done first at a cost around $845,000; the old courts would be playable while the new ones were being constructed. During this phase, lawn bowling would be constructed at another site. The second phase would involve tearing down the clubhouse and moving the play area closer to the road at a cost of $840,000. Phase three has the green area and trails being built in the rest of the park, with a cost of $660,000. The last phase is the parking lot at $395,000. Total cost of the project stated by Parks was $2,740,000. Building a clubhouse would cost even more. Parks were asked by several people in attendance to cost out renovating the existing clubhouse, and although they resisted the idea, they will look into the cost. Before Parks and Recreation goes ahead with any of the project, the proposal will be presented to Council for budget consideration and final approval.

What do you think of the preferred master plan?  Please email parksandtrails@brantford.ca or call
519-759-4150 to let Parks and Recreation know your thoughts!

There have been some great Letters to the Editor published in the Brantford Expositor this past week on the meeting.  A few of which have been shared on our Facebook page.  Thanks for everyone's support!

Dufferin Park Master Plan Public Meeting

As many of you are aware, the City of Brantford is currently completing a Master Plan for the park.  There was a meeting held back on April 23 to present three initial concepts to the public.  Comments were collected and a final concept was developed, which will be presented to the public on Tuesday, October 15 from 5 to 7 pm at T.B Costain/SC Johnson Community.  For more information, please click here.  We do recommend anyone interested in the future of the park and the club to attend the meeting and provide feedback to the city. 

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Closing Dinner and Annual General Meeting

The Dufferin Club of Brantford will be holding it's Annual General Meeting (AGM) Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm. There will be a reception of reports from tennis, lawn bowling, the club chair and treasurer.

This year, there will also be elections for Chair/Past Chair, Secretary and Lawn Games Activity Coordinator, as these positions are coming to the end of their two-year Fiestaterms. The club is also in need of a new Director of Tax and Financial Reporting starting in 2020. If you are interested in any of these positions please let us know by calling 519-756-6494 or emailing us at info@dufferinclub.ca.

Prior to the meeting, there will be a mexican-themed Closing Dinner which will feature a chili cook-off between tennis and lawn bowling. Doors open at 5:30 pm, with dinner starting at 6:15 pm. The dinner will be free for members ($5 for non-members), but all those interested must RSVP in advance no later than Friday, September 27.

Honda Canada Civic Singles Tournament Results

A very successful Singles Lawn Bowling Tournament was played on Monday, August 5 with the generous support of Honda Canada (King George Road Brantford). It was a great day, with good players and great weather. There was actually a waiting list this year and we could have used a bigger green with more rinks!

Congratulations to all the players after playing 3 games with 12 ends each: 1. Derek McKie, Woodstock Club (3 wins, 48 points); 2. Vine Beal, Florida Club (3 wins, 33 points); 3. Yvette Vanderpost, Simcoe Club (2 wins, 35 points). One game high went to Tilly Mannen, St. George Club with 18 points.

Thank you to the draw masters Jim Thomson & Diane Pope who deliver the prize payouts. Thank you to all the volunteers who set the Jack's for the players Eleanor, Elizabeth, Carlene, Jeanette, & Art. Thank you to the kitchen workers who made sure everyone was fed. Thank you City of Brantford Parks & Recreation who maintain our greens. Players were turned away this year. Spectators from Brantford, Simcoe & Sarnia which was nice.

Thank you Honda Canada on King George Rd Brantford who generously support our tournament & make it possible every year. Stay tuned for our next tournament, dates to be announced.

Bowl to Cure Cystic Fibrosis!

Lawn Summer Nights Brantford will be hosting it's first ever Lawn Summer nights, a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, on Saturday, July 20.  Get a team of four together, raise funds and hit the green as the stars come up. There will be food, entertainment and a bar.  Registration opens May 9 and is expected to sell out fast.  Cost is $200 per team of 4, which includes the team entry and dinner. Social tickets are also available for $20 per person and includes food and a drink ticket. Social tickets can be purchased online here or at the door. Must be 19 years of age or older to attend.

Interested in volunteering for #LSN? We are looking for markers/jack setters, kitchen help and for someone with Smartserve.  Marker/jack setters will be helping the participants on the green and with scoring.

Welcome to the 2019 Season

You are invited to help kick off the season by joining us on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am until 2 pm for a tennis and bowls information and activity day (Open House). Information regarding memberships and club activities will be provided and membership and camp registrations will be accepted. Light refreshments will also be served. We hope to see you all there!

Open HouseDuring the Open House, there will also be a Doubles Tennis Tournament starting at 10 am until approximately 2 pm. Rain date is Sunday, May 5. Babolat will be on site for racquet demos. For more information or to enter, call 519-802-7271 by Friday, May 3. Cost is $15 per person and includes balls, prizes and food. Two matches are guaranteed.

Bowlers, as some of you are aware, the club is no longer affiliated with the Ontario Lawn Bowl Association. This will not affect day to day bowls games. This has only reduced the number of tournament that the club hosts. We are the District 25's choice for hosting the Senior Summer Lawn Bowls competition May 30 and Lawn Summer Nights July 20 amongst other tournaments.

Finally, some of you may have noticed an increased presence of City of Brantford Parks and Recreation staff and vehicles at our club over the past year. Our new agreement with the city means that tennis and bowling is available freely to the public during non-programmed times. Your Dufferin Club Executive continues to work hard to bring you organized activities and lessons in prime evening and weekend times for a nominal club membership fee.

Dufferin Park Master Plan

The MBTW Group developed three concepts for the redevelopment of Dufferin Park and presented them to the community at a public meeting Tuesday, April 23. After which, there were roundtable discussions with further ideas and concerns brought forward. If you were not able to attend the meeting, or were at the meeting and thought some more about the proposed plans, the City of Brantford Park and Recreation would still like to hear from you!

What do you think the priorities should be for the park? What do you like about each of the design studies? Is there anything else you would like the design team to consider?

The three design concepts are displayed below. For more information, to view the site plans in more detail, or to provide feedback, please click here. Comments will be collected for two weeks and an additional concept will be presented to the public at a later date.

Design A Design B

Design B

Dufferin Park Master Plan Public Meeting

A new facility is in the works. Want to learn more? The City of Brantford Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a consultation meeting about the Dufferin Park Master Plan on Tuesday, April 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at T.B. Costain. You are invited to provide input on their plan. Can’t make it to the meeting? Parks and Recreation would still love to hear from you. You can email parksandtrails@brantford.ca or call 519-759-4150 ext. 5524 to provide feedback.

Dufferin Park Public Meeting

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Upcoming Events

  • Mexican Fiesta Closing Dinner
    Friday, November 15
    For those who RSVP 'ed in advance
    Doors open @ 5:30 pm
    Dinner @ 6:00 pm


  • Annual General Meeting
    Friday, November 15 @ 7 pm
    Open to all members. Reports from tennis, lawn bowling, club chair and treasurer. Elections for 2020 Board of Directors.

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