June 29, 2022
The Township of Woodbridge stepped up its efforts when the Woodbridge Private Club became available. The owners, foregoing more lucrative offers in order to preserve the site, sold the property to the city in September 2018. Funding was provided by the recreation department, facilitating the purchase from user fees and expenses. other funds obtained from the township’s community and recreation center. programs. Professionals from T&M and The Vaughn Collaborative were hired to modernize the 111,000 square foot building and exterior property, which was originally constructed in the 1970s.
The $2.1 million project was divided into phases. A complete rehabilitation of the building included lockers, toilets and shower rooms, replacing HVAC units and lighting, and upgrading the plumbing and fire protection system. The 26,000 square foot tennis court renovation included a 4,000 square foot addition to accommodate a new full-size hockey rink, complete with concession area, bleachers and storage space for an ice resurfacing vehicle . Exterior improvements to the site included new pedestrian and vehicular access to the parking lot, as well as associated utilities and stormwater management. A new bulletin board and viewing platform have been installed above the public restrooms. Completed in December 2021, the club has preserved 200 jobs and is now home to an impressive list of sports and fitness programs. There’s even a daycare, a spinning studio with 30 bikes, and a golf simulation machine. Best of all, the project used zero tax dollars for construction.