Ancaster Tennis Club officials are expecting a winning winter season with the installation of a new dome | Tech Rasta

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The Ancaster Tennis Club elevated the new dome facility this week.The Ancaster Tennis Club elevated the new dome facility this week.

Ancaster residents can be forgiven for doing a few double takes while admiring the scenery of Village Green Park behind the city’s municipal service center.

A large white bubble was inflated for several days in late September which will cover all five courts at Ancaster Tennis Club.

“It looks awesome,” said Kerry Radigan, president of the Ancaster Tennis Club. “I was inside and we were just waiting for the lights to come up. We hope to open our new winter facility to members on October 4th.”

Radigan said the educational programs should be available within two weeks. Non-members can access unused slots for a “small fee”, she said.

The $1.245 million dome will provide the tennis club with the first all-season game in Ancaster. The Hamilton and Rosedale tennis clubs already offer year-round tennis.

“Everyone is very excited,” Radigan said. “We expect a lot of play during the winter season.”

It is estimated that the dome will provide an additional 525 hours of winter court time per week.

The cost of the dome includes the foundation, which was installed this spring, construction of a storage building, lighting and utility upgrades.

The club enjoyed another successful season as they prepared to install the dome, especially with their growing player numbers. Radigan said there were nearly 640 adult members — a record — up from around 300 in 2010.

Over the past decade, the tennis club has also helped fund a new $1 million clubhouse, as well as increasing the number of courts from three to five. The non-profit tennis club has been located in Ancaster Village Green Park since 1960, adjacent to the Ancaster Bowls Club.

Rogers announced this spring that it would provide approximately $200,000 to the Ancaster Tennis Club through Tennis Canada. Under the 10-year agreement with Tennis Canada, the name of the facility will be Ancaster Rogers Tennis Club. Additionally, there will be certified coaches and the facility will be open and accessible to all youth.

Radigan said the club’s new chief professional tennis player and director of tennis operations is Mustapha “Moose” Jamal. The club is also recruiting additional tennis instructors.

The Hamilton Future Fund in 2019 provided the essential initial funding of $206,000 for the bubble. Hamilton in 2021 gave the club a $940,000 interest-free loan that can be repaid over the next 15 years. The club covers the rest of the costs.

“It took us a long time, but it will be worth it,” Radigan said.

Hamilton officials, including Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson last spring praised Radigan, along with former presidents – the late Rick Burjaw, who helped develop the club, and Matt Koevoets, who first suggested installing a dome for the facility – for advocating with the city on behalf of the club about the benefits of having a dome.

The Farley Group, based in Puslinch, manufacturers of sports domes, installed the mechanical equipment as well as the canvas.

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