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September Hours

Starting Wednesday, September 1, the city will be closing the facility at 7:00 pm.

As a result, the Monday and Friday Tennis Round Robins will officially start at 5:00 pm (instead of 6:00 pm) and run until 7:00 pm. New lawn bowling times will be announced shortly

Pickleball will continue to informally meet Tuesday and Thursdays, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join in.

Tennis Club Championships

Who will be crowned the Dufferin Tennis Singles and Doubles Club Champions?

The tournament begins September 1. There will be both a Singles and Doubles draw. It will be up to you and your opponent(s) to arrange a day and time to play each match (within a specified time period).

The tournament is free, and open to all paid members. Sign-up no later than 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 31. You can sign up in person with Amelia, send us an email, or send us a message on Facebook!

Lawn Bowling Programming - May 31, 2021

We are happy to announce that lawn bowling will be available starting Wednesday, June 2. Please join us at any of the following times:

  • Monday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday
    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In line with Covid-19 prevention strategies, there is a limit of 12 bowlers on the green. Please also be respectful of physical distancing and keep 6 feet (2 metres) away from other players and bring a mask. Be advised that there are no benches, so bring your own lawn chairs if you would like to sit.

Club Opening & Tennis Programming - May 22, 2021

In response to the Ontario Government announcement May 21 regarding the province's gradual reopening plan from Covid-19, we are excited to announce that Dufferin will be open starting Saturday, May 25. The courts will be open from 8 am to 8 pm with the following reserved times:

  • Monday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Doubles Tennis
  • Friday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Doubles Tennis
  • Saturday
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Junior Tennis

There are capacity limits, with a maximum of 4 people per tennis court, and physical distancing measures in place, so please be safe. Please also come prepared to play, there is no access to washrooms or water.

Membership prices remain the same and payment can be made at the club to our staff during reserved times or online via our Memberships page.

Lawn Bowling Update - October 1, 2020

Dependent on weather, lawn bowling will continue to run Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons at 2 pm until October 15. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Jackson at 519-754-3817

Lawn Bowling Update - September 7, 2020

With the days getting shorter and temperatures cooler, lawn bowling has revised their playing times for September. Come by and join in for a game (weather permitting):

  • Monday
    2:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    2:00 pm
  • Thursday
    2:00 pm

Club Programming Update - July 26, 2020

We are excited to share some updates to club programming now that Brantford is in Stage 3 of reopening.

There will now be three pickleball courts open for play Sundays and Tuesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The city has permitted the set-up of an additional pickleball court on Court 5. With this new court open for play along with the two existing courts on Courts 5 and 6, the club can now accomodate up to 12 players at a time!

Furthermore, the city has given the green light for lawn bowling. Stay tuned for days and times for scheduled programming.

Club Programming Update - June 23, 2020

Brant is now in Stage 2 reopening. With this comes unrestricted tennis and pickleball doubles play! The Dufferin Club offers the following organized doubles round robins:

  • Monday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Tennis Doubles Round Robin
  • Tuesday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Pickleball Doubles Round Robin
  • Friday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Tennis Doubles Round Robin
  • Sunday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Pickleball Doubles Round Robin

Thank you for your patience. We hope to see you out soon!

Club Opening and Programming

Starting May 25, 2020, the Dufferin Club will be open for tennis and pickleball. Currently, due to COVID-19 we are offering modified singles format round robins with rapid changeovers so that no one sits out for long. Please join us for any of the following:

  • Monday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Tennis
  • Tuesday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Pickleball
  • Wednesday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Ladies Tennis
  • Friday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Tennis
  • Saturday
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Junior Tennis
  • Sunday
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Pickleball

In line with Covid-19 prevention strategies, the Dufferin Club would like to remind its members that:

  • Only singles play is permitted, except members from the same household can play doubles
  • It is recommended that members bring their own balls (e.g. play with 2 cans) and each individual only handles the balls they brought
  • Please be respectful of physical distancing and keep 2 metres away from other players
  • Only 5 members at a time is permitted in the gathering area between tennis courts

Membership prices remain the same and payment can be made at the club to our staff or online via our Memberships page.

Please note the change in time for the round robins. In the past, round robins began at 7 pm. We will not have the use of the lights this year.

Covid-19 Update - May 22, 2020

The City of Brantford Parks and Recreation plans to open the tennis courts May 23-24 for play. Unfortunately, Lawn Bowling remains closed under further notice.

The courts will be open from 8 am to 8 pm (dusk). There will be no lighting for the courts (or greens); they will be removed this season as they are deemed unsafe. Also note that Courts 1 and 6 (far side) are closed due to their deteriorating condition. There will be no building access; a port a let and hand washing station will be placed in the courtyard area for use.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, individual play will only be allowed on the courts (i.e. 2 people per court) for a total of 8. A maximum of 5 people will be allowed to wait in the open courtyard between courts. All others must remain outside the facility gates if they are waiting for courts. Physical distancing must be maintained at all times.

Tennis Canada has released recommendations for tennis players, coaches and clubs during the Covid-19 pandemic that support a progressive return to playing tennis so that it can be played safely while adhering to social distancing. For more information from Tennis Candia on the pandemic, please click here.

Stay tuned for details for times in which the courts are booked for members and programs that the club will be able to offer members this season. Currently, the club is not able to offer summer camps.

Covid-19 Update - May 18, 2020

The Ontario Government has announced the gradual relaxing of pandemic restrictions, including the reopening of tennis courts. Stay tuned for announcements regarding when and how the club will reopen.

Covid-19 - April 17, 2020

It is with a heavy heart to announce that the City of Brantford has extended the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions for another 30 days. All city-owned facilities, including the Dufferin Park, remain closed. As a result, the club will not be opening as scheduled on May 2. The City will be reviewing this every 30 days. Please stay home and stay safe.

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!

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