Lawrence Park Tennis Club Between the Lines: Open Forum Re-cap, Free Clinic - Still Time to Enroll, City Tennis Survey, Open Door Tea & Tennis
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Lawrence Park Tennis Club 
"Between the Lines"
July 10, 2015

In this edition of "Between the Lines:"
  • Open Forum with the Board Re-cap 
  • June Adult/Intermediate Clinic Reminder - July 15th
  • City of Toronto Tennis Survey Update
  • "Open Door" Tea & Tennis - July 12th


Our first ever Open Forum was held on June 28th in the midst of a very rainy weekend. Despite the rain, a small but keen group of members came down to the clubhouse to meet with members of the Board and chat about the state of the Club.

A number of topics were raised and questions asked.  Here is a quick summary (in no particular order), please email if you'd like to add your 
voice to any topic.
  • Wait times... Are they too long? Should the 1 hour blocks be reduced or staggered during the day?
  • How can we find members to play with at a similar playing level? Can we include an indication of tennis level in member profiles or the directory or on tags?
  • How can we encourage evening use of the courts? Should we introduce evening round robins?
  • Can we invest in fixing the court drainage once and for all? Why are we getting muddy sections at the south edge? Are the sprinklers sufficiently adjustable?
  • What about an online booking system for court 3?
  • Can we quantify the rule that reduces court time to 30 minutes when too many members are waiting'?
  • If courts are full and court 1 or 2 has a singles game going on, is the onus on the singles players to invite waiting players to a doubles match or can the waiting members request to share? What about when one player is waiting? Or when the waiting members come very late in the hour? Or when skill levels are very different?
  • What happens on the hour if players on courts 1 and 2 come off and there remains one court free? Who gets to use it? For how long? The race to the tag board can cause friction under current rules.
  • And related to the above three points, how do we encourage courtesy in sharing the scarce asset that is our court time?
Our first After Dinner Doubles was an idea that come out of the conversation on evening use of the courts. It took place Wednesday, July 8th with 20 members coming out for an evening round robin. We hope they (and you!) continue to try to use the courts on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings when there is typically availability. 

Watch this 'From The Board' space in future editions as we grapple with the topics raised and try to put programs, policies and communication in place to respond to your questions.

A special thanks to those who came out in person to be part of the conversation. And for those who couldn't make it, we'll be holding another Open Forum later in the summer... please join us!
Clinic Sign-Up Form
Just a reminder that our next monthly free Adult/Intermediate Clinic will be held on Wednesday, July 15th with the first session at 7:00 pm, repeated at 8:00 pm.

We still have openings for both sessions, so if you're interested in tuning up your game and getting helpful tips from our tennis instructors, please register for either 7 - 8 pm or 8 - 9 pm (i.e. one session per person) by clicking on the Clinic Sign-Up Form button above, and submitting the form no later than Monday, July 13th at 7:00 pm.

These free clinics are offered as a "thank you" to our members to not only help tune up your game, but also to provide the opportunity to meet other members you may not know and potentially create new hitting partners and new friendships. For more information contact our Games Chair, Cecelia Thng at:


Our June 1st newsletter included information about a consultative review the City of Toronto was conducting regarding public courts (i.e. no club affiliation) and community club courts (like LPTC) and their usage. All Toronto residents were invited to participate in an online survey (which is still open, see link below), and attend any of the four meetings held with City representatives. Since that newsletter went out, several members have asked Board members what the City "is really trying to do." In order to answer that question, three Board members (John Mowat, Margot Willoughby, and Myra Mandel) attended the North District meeting to find out more. Along with about 70 other individuals representing a diversity of interests (club members, public court users, and interested non-tennis players) we participated in a consultative session with City representatives.
The facilitator prefaced the session by stating that City policy which governs granting permits for outdoor courts is under review. That policy currently governs 59 community clubs, and the City is considering expanding the scope to allow permits to be granted for the use of some of the 118 public courts which have no club affiliation.

The meeting format consisted of participants sitting in groups of 8-10, each with a City employee acting as a facilitator. Each group was presented with a series of 5 questions, and asked to brainstorm answers regarding the advantages and challenges of community clubs and public courts, and possible solutions to the challenges, including how to make better use of public courts.
The focus of the North District meeting, based on the input of all the participants, seemed to be on whether and how to allow permits to be granted for the use of public courts. Our impression is that the City has been approached by various organizations to use public courts for events, but existing City policy does not allow these courts to be rented out. They are polling the public to determine whether there is sufficient support for maximizing public court usage in order to fund improvements at the public courts (and provide an additional source of revenue to the City). Of course, the meetings in other Districts may have focussed on different areas given that the consultation is driven by participants’ responses and the City appeared to be open to all ideas.

In terms of next steps, a consultation will take place with the community clubs in July and an updated policy document is anticipated to be presented to City Council in November or December. Once this document is publicly available, we will ensure LPTC members are advised and will update you as we obtain new information. Members should not be concerned that this study will negatively impact community clubs—if anything, upgrading public courts may take some pressure off those clubs where waiting lists are in the hundreds (which seems to be happening more and more these days).
The online survey is open until August 4th, so if you haven't yet participated in it, please click on the button below and voice your opinion.
City of Toronto Survey


Remember that this Sunday, July 12th (rain or shine), we are hosting our neighbours from the Lawrence Park Lawn Bowling and Croquet Club at our Sunday Tea & Tennis event from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 

We will be welcomed "over the fence" to their lovely lawns to try our hand at lawn bowling and croquet, while their members will be encouraged to try their hand at tennis on our courts. Tea and refreshments will be served in our clubhouse, so please join us to meet our neighbours and have fun learning a new sport.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon, almost 50 members and guests showed up for our annual Wimbledon Strawberry Social and Round Robin organized and run by our Co-Social Director, Anita Strauss.

Members were not only having fun on the courts, but between matches enjoyed some very "Wimbledon-ish" refreshments in the clubhouse. The strawberries were overflowing, prepared by Ellen Peers and served with cream, scones and cake. A Pimm's mocktail with fruit slices, cucumber and mint was a welcome drink between matches. But the highlight of the day was Frank Nagy's very impressive contribution of 4 dozen homemade scones, homemade clotted cream and creme fraiche, and a homemade strawberry compote. Before the event was over, the scones and creams were long gone. Thanks Frank--your treats were a hit! And a big shout out to Ellen Peers for helping with the set-up and preparation. For more pictures of our special Wimbledon day, click here.

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Thanks for reading.

Reaching Your Executive Team

President: John Mowat
Vice President: Gerhard Weiss
Treasurer: Dennis Gurwitz
Secretary: Caroline Gray
Membership: Margot Willoughby
Junior Programs: Tim Dalton 
Games: Cecelia Thng
Courts: John Richardson
Social: Anita Strauss/Nellie Poucheva
House: Anna Caton 
Communications: Myra Mandel
Past President: Puica Nitu
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