Updated (see below). The idea that there appears to be a number of “money grubbers” on council that would like to stiff Midland Lawn Bowling Club is mean-spirited. From young teens to those in their 90’s the lawn bowling club on King Street looking over Little Lake offers one of the top greens in Canada. Well tended, the club is open daily. And almost yearly the club house and deck are enhanced when needed. Add to that night bowling under the lights. Local teams compete, there are invitational and often nationals. Local members have competed and brought home the gold within Ontario and beyond.
To suggest that the town could use the property for “something better” is borderline criminal but certainly insulting. Next to the lawn bowling club is the town’s local shuffleboard rink. Before council decides to stiff the club to help pay off some of the town’s $1.5million debt, it would be wise for every member and municipal employee to visit the club and try their hand at bowls, a game centuries old.
Remember local sponsors host many annual club events during the season. Did council know that? Probably not. They are local businesses annually supporting a very active lawn bowling club with decades and decades of memorable sports history to its credit.
Our Lawn Bowling Club welcomes Community Living residents once a week as well as brain injury bowlers. In the past Probus Members from Severn Sound have enjoyed a game of bowls as well as teaching sessions. Much in same way that Council thumbed their noses at our local special olympians by refusing to offer a price break on practice space rentals before competition, they continue to appear to be out of step with a good sense of what the “right thing to do” is. If you are so inclined, you may want to contact Deputy Mayor Ross and Council and let them know how you feel.
Every since Midland council started talking about stiffing, not their words but ours, Midland Lawn Bowling Club there has been quite the uproar. The club, one of the oldest in the province is perched on one acre of town owned land, not 12 acres or 11.1. Some of the town owned land is under water at Little Lake just to add to the saga. Thanks to John Todd for the research.
The green at our lawn bowling club is probably one of the top three in Canada. Well tended to, the green/lawn reminds visitors of indoor-outdoor carpeting. With well over 100 members from teens to those in their ’90s, Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club is truly a gem in the middle of Midland.
Observations like, wait until they find out what we will charge them, or along those lines, adds nothing to any kind of negotiations. Confrontation will never succeed in resolving a long term leasing arrangement between lawn bowlers and the town. Wouldn’t you agree?