Game, set, match. Tennis has lost in Morrisburg.
South Dundas council agreed to the removal of the Morrisburg tennis courts at the June 18 council meeting.
“The condition of them: they’re not fit to be used,” said South Dundas councillor Evonne Delegarde.
“The issues with the property outweigh the use they’re getting,” agreed councillor Jim Graham.
“We can’t put money into them, when we don’t own the property they are on,” said South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan.
According to reports, the Morrisburg tennis courts originated in the 1970s/1980s with the assistance of Wintario funds.
The property was owned by the Village of Morrisburg and subsequently sold to the adjoining owners – Chartwell (The Hartford Retirement Centre) and the Upper Canada District School Board (Morrisburg Public School). As a result the municipal tennis courts ended up on land that the municipality does not own.
“As the property where the tennis courts are located is not owned by the township, a long term commitment from the owners is required to justify any investment by the municipality,” said South Dundas chief administrative officer Steve McDonald in his report to council.
The UCDSB has no interest in the tennis courts, and have given consent for their removal. “Chartwell has also confirmed their position that the removal of the tennis courts will give them an opportunity to revisit opportunities for more seniors housing on their site,” said McDonald.
“We don’t own the property, and they’re looking for it back,” said Councillor Mellan. He suggested that perhaps a single tennis court could be built in a different location in the future.
McDonald told council that with the school year coming to an end, and with the township having summer students available to help with the work to remove the courts, now is the time to do it.