This is exciting news for the OTLBC club members and the Ottawa-Gatineau area tennis community, as a whole! Everyone who participates in junior and open tournaments and events, that are being held there in 2019, like the Roman Cup, Pierre Despatie and the annual NCTA City Championships, to name a few, will be able to benefit from this! See the article below from Maria Pierre-Noel and Beth Everson from the OTLBC club:
OTLBC Significantly Upgrades Playing Conditions for 2019
Club’s largest infrastructure project in nine decades
The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club (OTLBC) will feature substantially improved playing conditions next season, thanks to a project to resurface courts and install an LED lighting system.
“This is great news for members and visitors alike,” says Jenny Mitchell, President of OTLBC’s Board of Directors.
The project includes the installation of LED lights on 12 courts, the resurfacing (laser-grading) of up to 14 courts and the installation of a new irrigation system. To maximize the impact of these improvements, work is already underway to upgrade OTLBC’s drainage, watering and electrical systems. Resurfacing will begin once this essential preliminary work is complete.
“I’m pleased that the Board of Directors agreed to invest in improving the tennis experience,” says Maria Pierre-Noël, OTLBC’s Executive Director. “The project solidifies our claim to the title of Ottawa’s premier tennis club.”
Founded in 1881 and at its current location on Cameron Avenue since 1923, OTLBC is a thriving facility that features 18 Har-Tru courts (12 lit for night play), a large outdoor pool, 12 beach-volleyball courts, a 120-seat restaurant, meeting rooms and more. The Club has experienced a renaissance in recent years thanks to a series of strategic partnerships.
Under a 2018 partnership, the owners of The Belmont, a popular Ottawa South restaurant, opened a new pub – The Cameron – upstairs at OTLBC. The Cameron earned rave reviews from both OTLBC members and neighbourhood patrons. OTLBC’s signature wraparound balcony, which seats 85 and overlooks the courts and grounds – was busy all season long. The season also marked the debut of The Press, a café run by The Urban Element and serving snacks, sandwiches and fine coffee from morning until early afternoon.
An ongoing partnership with Ottawa Sports and Social Club (OSSC) is another important contributor to OTLBC’s resurgence. OTLBC leases 12 beach-volleyball courts to OSSC for league play Monday through Thursday evenings. Along with generating additional revenues for OTLBC, the partnership ensures a steady stream of patrons for The Cameron.
“OTLBC’s 2018 season was easily the best in many decades,” says Jenny Mitchell, a long-time member who has served on the volunteer Board of Directors for five years. “We have more members and deliver more tennis programming than ever, yet we’re still a friendly, community-based family club. Our slogan – your cottage in the city – still rings true.”