TORONTO'S LAWN BOWLING CLUBS AT RISK OF CLOSING BECAUSE OF NEW CITY IMPOSED $3000 LEVY

Aug 26, 2013

By Jane Brown

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Some of Toronto’s lawn bowling clubs may be forced to close if they can’t come up with an annual $3000 “registration fee” first imposed on all the clubs last year.  At Wells Hill Lawn Bowling Club near St. Clair and Bathurst, the $80 a person membership fee is not enough to cover the expense.  Club President Greg Deschamps says, “I think we have one season max, if nothing changes.” Some city councillors are trying to get the fee repealed in the next city budget.   But if they don’t, it will be bad news for older zoomers.  The average age at Wells Hill is in the high seventies.  Deschamps says the city is levying new fees on lawn bowling to pay for clubhouse maintenance.  But he goes on to say the city stopped paying for the most common form of maintenance – cutting the grass – three years ago. “We’re essentially maintaining city property with our own money right now,” he said.  Councillor Joe Mihevc says he and other councillors will work to the $3000 lawn bowling fee “modified or repealed” in the next city budget.  In the meantime, Mihevc says, “we’re trying to get staff to take it easy on them until this gets resolved through council.”

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