PARK RENOVATIONS 2017 – Permits Extended!

Dear Members,
The renovations on the park are proceeding; however, we are happy to announce
The City of Toronto has granted us a permit from April until June 30th, 2017.
Please note that the reduction in courts will affect ladder bookings, teams, and lessons.
If you have any questions please contact president@winstonchurchilltennis.ca

PARK RENOVATIONS 2016 – MOVING SWIFTLY!

Dear Members,

Renovations on the park are proceeding swiftly.  Posts and hoarding will go up on the west end of the park and fencing will cut off courts 4, 5, 9 and 10 from TUESDAY AUGUST 9. Court 9 will return after permanent fencing is installed in mid to late August.Windscreens and nets and curtains maybe taken down as early as SUNDAY AUGUST 7 afternoon in preparation for the city.

Please note that the reduction in courts will affect ladder bookings, teams, and lessons.

This reduction will no doubt be frustrating for some members and we ask that you please be considerate of other members of the club and staff with regards bookings and behaviour on court. We all want to play!

If you have any questions please contact president@winstonchurchilltennis.ca

 

 

PARK RENOVATIONS 2016 are STARTING!

Dear member,

The city has started work on Sir Winston Churchill Park and are putting up hoarding on the west side of the park.
This will affect our courts in about 2 weeks time and we will lose 3 courts – court 4, 5, and 10.  The remaining 7 courts will be available until the end of the season.
Once the west side of the park is cleared the renovation will move to the east side and we do not expect to have courts next year.

If you have any questions regarding our operations for late summer please contact president@winstonchurchilltennis.ca

 

 

PARK RENOVATIONS 2016 – UPDATE!

July 13, 2016

We have heard from  the City of Toronto that commencement of work on Sir Winston Churchill Park is scheduled to  start July 25, 2016.

The work will be focused on the West Basin and begin with hoarding around this area.  The area includes parts of our courts – specifically courts 10 and 5 but may also include courts 9 and 4.   We conservatively expect to go down to 6 courts.

We are working with the City to bring court 3 back into full operation with a replacement net and to get the lights on the back courts fully operational as soon as possible.

Various activities such as the ladder, house league, clinics and social are expected to be affected but we would like to assure our members that we are focused on ensuring court availability for all our members, still providing social play and offering clinics but on a possibly reduced schedule.

Team play will reduce to 3 courts on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Tournaments will be a run on a concentrated weekend format this year starting mid-July with Mens Singles followed by Mixed Doubles, then Mens Doubles and Ladies Singles and Doubles.   Notice and signup will be sent out shortly!

If you have any questions regarding our operations for late summer please contact president@winstonchurchilltennis.ca

July 12, 2016

We have heard from Toronto Water and City of Toronto that commencement of work on Sir Winston Churchill Park will start July/August 2016.

The work will be focused on the West Basin and begin with hoarding around this area.  The area includes parts of our courts – specifically courts 10 and 5 but may also include courts 9 and 4.   We conservatively expect to go down to 6 courts by mid-August.

We are working with the City to bring court 3 back into full operation with a replacement net and to get the lights on the back courts fully operational as soon as possible.

Various activities such as the ladder, house league, clinics and social are expected to be affected but we would like to assure our members that we are focused on ensuring court availability for all our members, still providing social play and offering clinics but on a possibly reduced schedule.

Team play will reduce to 3 courts on the Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Tournaments will be a run on a concentrated weekend format this year starting mid-July with Mens Singles followed by Mixed Doubles, then Mens Doubles and Ladies Singles and Doubles.   Notice and signup will be sent out shortly – watch this space!

If you have any questions regarding our operations for late summer please contact president@winstonchurchilltennis.ca

 

April 7, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club will be open for the 2016 outdoor tennis season.

The City of Toronto has notified us that we will have all 10 courts until the middle of the summer. After July there is a possibility we will be reduced to 6 courts for the remainder of the season.

As per the direction from the City of Toronto the club will be closed for the 2017-2018 seasons.

Our programming will continue as in previous years including: teams, house-league, round robins, lessons, clinics, junior programs/camps, tournaments etc. Kerry Mitchell will be returning as our Tennis Head Pro.
Please email questions to membership@winstonchurchilltennis.ca

 

An Important Update – March 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club will be open for the 2016 outdoor tennis season.

The City of Toronto has notified us that we will have all 10 courts until the middle of the summer. After July there is a possibility we will be reduced to 6 courts for the remainder of the season.

Membership renewal is now open for returning members only. Pending availability we will be open up to waitlisted persons after this time period. As with previous years new member enrollment will depend on capacity.

Members returning from 2015 please check your inboxes and junk mail folder as a letter for renewal was sent out regarding steps for registration. Add us to your address book so email makes it into your inbox.

As per the direction from the City of Toronto the club will be closed for the 2017-2018 seasons.

Our programming will continue as in previous years including: teams, house-league, round robins, lessons, clinics, junior programs/camps, tournaments etc. Kerry Mitchell will be returning as our Tennis Head Pro.
Please email questions to membership@winstonchurchilltennis.ca
Looking forward to seeing you on the courts!
Yours truly,

Board of Directors
Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club

 

An Important Update – October 26, 2015

The board has just heard from the City with regards the status of work for next year at Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club.  Here is their schedule update:

Our project team has taken additional time to further review the scope of work and construction staging plans for the rehabilitation of the St. Clair Reservoir.  The work was re-scheduled to successfully deliver the project and ease traffic congestion in the community through improved coordination with other planned projects in the community.Work on the St. Clair Reservoir will now begin in late Spring 2016 as follows:

Phase 1:  Spring 2016 to Spring 2017
·        West basin closed for construction
·        Dog park, 6 tennis courts and playground remain open

Phase 2:  Spring 2017 to Summer 2018
·        Entire park closed for construction

This schedule will allow for maximized public use of the park or portions thereof.  Pre-Construction and Construction Notices will be issued to the community well ahead of work starting to provide more detailed information about this planned work.

Both the project website and site signage will be updated to reflect these changes as well.

 

This is good news for next year and we hope to obtain the City permit for the 6 courts to run the club for next year.We will have more information and details at our AGM in mid-November and encourage you to come – date TBA.

If you have questions or comments please contact us at President@winstonchurchilltennis.ca

on behalf of the
Board of Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club

 

 

An Important Update – July 15, 2015

The city has notified us that we will have our tennis courts right up to the end of September 2015!  That means that all our usual activities and events such as lessons, tournaments and social items can and will take place.  This is great news and to celebrate we should all come out and play tennis!

 

An Important Update – May 31, 2015

Sir Winston Churchill Park will be closed for a repair and renovation by Toronto Hydro that entails the closing of the tennis courts at the end of this summer. This work was initially thought to commence in April of 2015 but has been changed to September – October 2015.

The good news is that we are confident that the club will be able to continue our usual operation and use all the courts until the end of the 2015 season. However, after this season we will not be able to use the courts until 2018.

The executive at SWCPTC has been working with the City and the Contractor to ensure the interests of the club and our membership are included in their consideration.  This will continue during the renovation period.

The City of Toronto is having a public open house regarding the park renovation on June 3, 2015 between 6pm and 8pm at the First Unitarian Congregation – 175 St Clair Avenue West.
SWCPTC executive members will be in attendance representing the membership.

 

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is the park being renovated?
The park, including the tennis courts, sits on top of the St Clair Reservoir that holds the emergency water supply for mid-town Toronto. The reservoir was built in 1930 and its “roof” is what our park sits on top of. Toronto Water needs to inspect, repair and re-seal the parts of the reservoir. The water needs to be “safe” and “clean”. Repairs have not been done since the reservoir was constructed. In order to repair the roof everything has must be removed from the top– i.e. the earth, grass, tennis courts, playground, trees, shrubbery, and dog park.

Will we get our courts back and when?
Yes. We are guaranteed the same number of courts with the same surface. If the renovation is on schedule, the courts could be back for Spring 2018.

Why is my 2015 membership only until July 31, 2015?
When we applied for our City of Toronto permit for the tennis courts in March, the renovations were scheduled to start in August and therefore a permit was issued until July 31st. The most up to date messages received from the City and Contractors indicate that the work may not begin until end of September or October 2015. The executive believes we will be issued another permit to extend our playing season until mid September. Your 2015 membership will automatically continue until the end of the season.

Will there be any SWCTPC related tennis opportunities next year?
We will be providing our 2015 members Winter Round Robins as we have in the past years.   For the 2016 and 2017 summer season, we are looking at different options in order to try and maintain social round robins and team play at other locations. There is also a possibility of starting a satellite club. Although we are busy working with the City of Toronto for this it is in the very preliminary stages.

I paid an initiation fee this year and/or I am a current member this year. Are you going to charge me an initiation fee again when you reopen?
No. If you are a current 2015 member (or even a 2014 member), your initiation fee covers you for when SWCPTC re-opens whether that would be 2017, 2018, or 2019.

Is there any possibility of improving the courts?
Yes. As part of our discussions with the City we are exploring improvements on court surface, the perimeter, and other court extras when the courts get rebuilt.

Could there be an increase in the number of courts?
No. The renovation will specifically repair and restore the park with the same layout. Thus, we cannot change the location, arrangement or number of courts.  The City of Toronto will rebuild 10 courts the same number we have now. The other areas of the park will be restored to the same capacity as they are now.

Could we get a bubble on the courts?
No. We explored this already in depth with the City. The reservoir could not hold the “weight” of a bubble (i.e. the force exerted on the base – physical weight, wind force, and pressure) and any measure to make this work was deemed too great in terms of security of the water supply

Is the Clubhouse going away?
No. The clubhouse will not be affected by the renovations.

Am I guaranteed a membership when the club reopens?
If you are a 2015 member you will have an exclusive opportunity to renew your membership when we reopen. If you were a 2014 member that did not renew this year, but paid a hold fee of $15 you will be included in our exclusive enrollment when we reopen.

How can I get involved with the club when it reopens?
Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club is run by a volunteer board of directors and assisting members who generously donate their time and effort. There are always opportunities to get involved including sitting on committees, assisting with social events, court maintenance, or running for a director position at our Annual General Meeting. Please let our current Executive know you wish to volunteer.  We always need help.

Regards,
YOUR 2015 SWCPTC EXECUTIVE

 

February 28, 2015

Sir Winston Churchill Park Tennis Club is very pleased to announce that it will be open for most of this year’s tennis season.   We can confirm that we will have all 10 courts available to us from April until the end of July 2015.   After this time there is uncertainty whether the courts will remain open; however we may be able to continue with reduced courts from August onwards.

Full closure of the courts is anticipated for 2016 and possibly into 2017.

As in our previous seasons, we will be running teams, tournaments, ladder, house league, socials, and a full complement of clinics and junior programs for the Spring and early summer managed by our Pro Kerry Mitchell.

Invitations with instructions to renew membership will be sent March 16, 2015.  Please do make sure you have a current email address in your profile!

If you applied to our 2014 waitlist, you may receive an invitation March 30, 2015.  General membership, if space permits, opens April 6, 2015.

Opening day will be April 18, 2015.

Regards,
YOUR 2015 SWCPTC EXECUTIVE