Councillor Josh Matlow

Toronto Star: City may buy Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club for a park

June 11th, 2014

Graham Slaughter

Toronto Star


Concerned neighbours like Derek Tilley want to keep the space green and are fighting to turn the manicured lawns into a city park, with support from Councillor Josh Matlow.


The city is taking steps to buy a defunct lawn bowling club and transform it into a public park, a deal that could cost upwards of $5 million.


Council voted Wednesday to ask staff to evaluate the Glebe Manor Lawn Bowling Club and negotiate a price with its owners. The executive committee will vote on any potential deal in August.


The motion was tabled by Councillor Josh Matlow and passed with two opposition votes from councillors Karen Stintz and Mike Del Grande.


“I’m deeply appreciative of my colleagues’ strong support for our community interest in preserving green space,” Matlow said.


The Davisville lawn bowling club’s board started looking for new ownership last fall after it ended operations due to thin membership. The land could be worth between $4 million and $5 million, said local real estate agent Patrick Rocca.


But questions remain as to who the current owner is. Property developer Michael Volpentesta has said his undisclosed offer on the land is “pretty much a done deal.” If the deal closes, he plans to build five houses on the lot.


However, Volpentesta said he would consider selling the land to the city if the offer goes through.


“I will continue reaching out to the owner trying to convince him to do the right thing,” Matlow said. “This is an opportunity for the property owner to do something deeply important for the community and leave a legacy to this city.”


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