Weston’s sports complex

The sports complex at Lawrence and Hickory Tree Road is a little quieter than usual. York Weston Tennis Club‘s courts are closed for major renovations. The city will pay for the resurfacing but not the acrylic top coat which will be applied early in 2014 after the new paving has time to settle. The resurfacing itself will be done soon in conjunction with the final coat of asphalt on the parking lot. The fencing is being removed for the work but will be re-used if possible. Members will be on the hook for the cost and while the club doesn’t have the estimated $27 – $50,000 cost, members who wish to lend the club money for the top coat will get 5% interest on their loan.

Fencing being removed in preparation for court resurfacing.
Fencing being removed in preparation for court resurfacing.

Weston Pool is also gearing down for the return to school and will close for the summer on Sunday September 1 at 3:45pm. According to manager, Brock University student (and camera shy) Sarah, the pool employs 10 – 12 local students every summer serving 10 – 12 hour shifts.

The pool on a quiet, overcast morning.
Weston pool on a quiet, overcast morning.

Oddly, the snack bar has not been opened since 2001. It occupies prime space at the front of the building but for some reason has sat idle for more than a decade.

The snack bar has a window at the right of the pool entrance.
The snack bar has a window at the right of the pool entrance.

A tenant could rent the space for the summer and serve the hundreds of daily swimmers as well as passing traffic. In addition, they could be charged with keeping the area free of litter. Manager Sarah could shed no light on why the space has gone unused all these years but it shouldn’t be too hard to bring it up to speed if a Weston restaurant wanted to open it for the summer.

The snack bar interior.
The snack bar interior.

Perhaps Westonians can shed some light on this mystery.┬áLet’s hope that red tape is not getting in the way.

The soccer field is in action for many hours a day. The venue has proven to be so attractive that groups of soccer players use the large garbage and recycling bins as goalposts for smaller games. The downside of this is that litter accumulates in the places formerly served by the bins.

Training aids or garbage bins?
Training aids or garbage bins?

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WestonWeb attempted on several occasions to contact Parks supervisor Diane Czapla but her phone mailbox has been full for several weeks. Perhaps 311 can help.

 

Weston Lions Arena parking renovations

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A long needed demolition and repaving of Weston Lions Arena parking lot is under way. The parking lot has closed and parking restrictions have been eased between 8 am and 11 pm on Hickory Tree Road for the duration of the work, which is expected to be completed by the end of June.

As an interesting aside, when Weston Lions Arena was proposed in 1948, raffle tickets were sold to raise some of the cost. Most of us have seen the prize; it’s the recently renovated house on the south-east corner of Scarlett and Lawrence. The original owner of 2205 Lawrence paid only a dollar. It was recently on sale in the $740,000 range.

This house cost only a dollar in 1948.
This house cost only a dollar in 1948.

York Weston Tennis Club will have its courts repaved later this summer. The club will close August 15 for the work. The city will pay for the repaving while club members will be on the hook for the $30,000 – 50,000 costs of the acrylic finish which gives courts that classy green surface.