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Story of the Week

Quaker Park Tennis Club - 100 Years Young

The Quaker Park Tennis Club in Peterborough celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 4th. Over 100 guests attended the event including Mayor Diane Therrien, OTA President and CEO James Boyce, MPP Dave Smith, MP Michelle Ferreri, Peterborough Councilor Henry Clarke, Dale Standen from the Peterborough Historical Society and many Quaker Park alumni and members. 

The event was a great success thanks to perfect weather, a lot of planning and many Quaker volunteers. 

The OTA brought the Smash Cage and Mr. Boyce presented a plaque to Quaker which is now proudly displayed in the clubhouse. 

Fifteen kids and some adults tried out tennis for over an hour and had great fun.  

An old-time tennis match with costumes sewn by the mother of one of the club board members and men’s vests knitted by a board member! 

This was followed by a high-calibre match featuring Dale Clarke from Cobourg and Rob Hilton Devitt. Rob is an ex-junior from Quaker Park and both were former US College scholarship athletes. 

One June 3rd the club kicked off a Try Tennis night. There were 15 kids from the New Canadian Centre and 25 kids from Peterborough. The program was sponsored through a grant from the city and a contribution from 2 members. Each child received either a brand-new Head racquet or a previously used racquet donated by our members, and a new Penn tennis ball. They will receive free group tennis instruction for 4 Friday evenings in June. It is a great initiative which gets a racquet into the hands of kids who would not have otherwise had the chance. 

Quaker Park is a very friendly and special community club in a very picturesque setting. The club’s 100th anniversary was a great day and the more than 100 attendees will remember it for a long time.

 

 
 
 
 
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