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Dufferin Officially Opens May 1

The City of Brantford will be opening the courts for play starting Sunday, May 1.

As most of you know, the city will begin construction on the new courts and park design in the fall. During this interim year, the Dufferin Club will not be charging any membership fees. We will also not be formally organizing any tennis round robins but encourage Monday and Friday night players to continue coming out at the same time as before and organizing your own doubles games with whomever shows up. The same with drop-in pickleball Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Lawn bowling is still to be determined, but the green is expected to be open later in May.

Iif you are looking to connect with others to organize times to play, please join our Tennis, Pickleball and/or Lawn Bowling Groups on Facebook.

The tennis and pickleball courts are available to the public for free play. The courts are open from 8 am until dusk and will be available to people or groups to play on a first come, first serve basis. Please be respectful if others are waiting to play and limit playing time to one hour if people are waiting to play.

For those interested in booking a court or green to guarantee play, please contact the city at fieldbookings@brantford.ca or 519-756-1500. The city has posted a schedule of the bookings on the bulletin board at the club.

Update: The greens open Monday, May 9. Bowlers are welcome to informally meet Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons to play. Pickleballers are currently meeting at Lions Park Tuesday and Thursdays evenings to play.

Dufferin Park Redevelopment

The City of Brantford is breaking ground on the redevelopment of Dufferin Park in this fall. From the city's website, the improved park will include:

  • Six new tennis courts with lighting and access to shade structures
  • Future potential expansion with room for up to two additional tennis courts or eight pickleball courts
  • A modern new central public building with an eating area, storage and washrooms
  • New parking lot with accessible spaces and drop-off area
  • An asphalt multi-use area including a basketball court
  • Play area and shade structure
  • Asphalt paved trails
  • Enhanced landscaping

Dufferin Park Overview Concept Plan

A new one thousand square foot public building will be centrally located within the park, and will feature a covered entryway, meeting space with a food preparation counter, a back veranda with patio space for outdoor activities and events, a new storage room and accessible and universal public washrooms. The modern new public building will be available to rent for community/group events.

The design funding was approved for lawn bowling to be relocated to the Walter Gretzky Municipal Golf Course and Learning Centre at 320 Balmoral Avenue, now featuring a recently built new clubhouse including a full-size banquet room, commercial kitchen, members lounge, and wrap around outdoor patio overlooking the picturesque course.

Details of the updated site plan and photos of the proposed building can be found on the city's Dufferin Park Master Plan webpage.

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