As we communicated previously Premier Ford announced Stage One of the gradual reopening of the economy and outdoor tennis as a seasonal activity that can now be permitted. This is excellent news as we navigate our path to reopening and the first step in the process. Since we are a City of Burlington joint venture, the club must work with the City of Burlington to develop a plan to safely re-open the club. The City of Burlington held a joint session with recreational facilities to discuss next steps in the process and outline plan requirements. Our next step in re-opening is to develop a Stage 1 re-opening plan that will be approved by the City. We are in the process of completing this plan and will be submitting it to the City next week. The club’s goal is to be ready for tennis on June 1st.
Based on ongoing discussions with the city, and the guidelines from the government the board has decided to proceed with taking down the bubble as soon as possible. This decision was based on the Stage One re-opening plan applying exclusively to outdoor facilities and the pending blower replacement that will require at a minimum the bubble be lowered.
Please note that Ontario continues to be in a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing harm and difficulty the pandemic is creating. We can assure our Members that the Board of Directors will incorporate guidelines and health and safety protocols to be implemented prior to reopening, which will incorporate health and safety measures as outlined by the Province, City, Tennis Canada and the OTA. This information will be posted on the ATC website as well as distributed through Gigamail.
The safety of our Members as well as our communal goal of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping the curve as flat as possible, are essential to a successful and prolonged reopening.
We appreciate your patience and are excited to get our courts open again.
We will be back in touch with you as soon as we have an update to share.
Aldershot Tennis Club Board of Directors
The Board of Directors met this week to discuss the COVID-19 closure and the status of the blower unit. Please find below a summary of the blower status, a communication will be distributed shortly regarding the COVID-19 closure.
In February the club was informed by Carrier (company responsible for maintaining the bubble blower) that due to excessive wear the unit will not meet code requirements for this coming winter season. Everyone remembers the “loud bangs” and irregular heat. The club spends approximately $10,000 every year on service contract, repair calls and parts on the old unit. The Maintenance Team explored possible repair options, but due to the deteriorating condition of the blower, replacing it is the most feasible option. The club must replace the unit this summer in order to ensure that we can proceed with the 2020 Winter season.
The team reached out to 3 different vendors to obtain quotes for a replacement unit, and is working with one of those vendors on the timeline, costs and options. One of the material options we are considering is a VFD (variable frequency drive) to the blower and fan motor in order to save energy by lowering the fan speed when possible. This vendor provided a competitive quote and has been the most forthcoming with information and responsive to our questions. The old unit will be removed and the new unit connected to all existing gas/electrical. The backup unit will remain and has been overhauled in the last 5-years.
The quote to purchase and install the new unit is $90,000 (includes VFD). Production and delivery of the unit is 14 to 16 weeks. We have provided the vendor with our expectation and will know the details shortly. Due to the critical nature of the blower unit, and the short window of opportunity to get this done, the Board of Directors have determined that this constitutes a dire emergency and will proceed with the expenditure, as per section 8.9 of the ATC Consitution:
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Aldershot Tennis Club Board of Directors
We are a not-for-profit volunteer-run tennis facility for recreational and competitive players of all ages with four fully-lit Plexicushion surfaced courts for year-round play (enclosed by a heated bubble in the winter season). Professional lessons and clinics are available. Clubhouse facilities are provided for members’ and guests’ use. We have a full slate of leagues, round robins and ladder competitions and hold regular social events and tournaments.