Maitland Park Bowling Club have announced that continuing financial struggles will force them to close their Elgin Street venue.
One of the oldest bowling clubs in New South Wales, Maitland Park Bowlo has occupied its current clubhouse, which is owned and leased out by Council, since the late 1950s.
The club relocated to the venue following the 1955 Maitland Flood.
“To see one of the city’s oldest institutions have to close is such a shame, but we applaud the small yet strong group of volunteers who have fought tooth and nail to avoid this outcome for as long as possible,” Group Manager Culture, Community and Recreation Judy Jaeger said.
“There are dozens of community groups who use Maitland Park Bowling Club, and our Major Venues & Facilities Team will be reaching out to those people to help accommodate them at some of our facilities around Maitland.
“We don’t currently have any plans for the future of the site, but Council will take on responsibility for its upkeep to ensure it’s well maintained.’
Terry Mills, Chairman of the five-person Maitland Park Bowling Club Board, fought hard to bring the venue back from the brink.
“We’ve seen across the country how much small bowling clubs have struggled, especially under the weight of the pandemic, and we’re deeply saddened that we’ve had to close,’ Mills said.
“The history of the venue and the bowling club itself is incredibly rich, but it’s no secret that the business has struggled in recent years, and the board thought it was important that we make this decision before it was taken out of our hands.”
Maitland Park Bowling Club will open for their final day of trading on Monday 4 July. Visit the club’s Facebook page for more information and updates.