Re: “New clubhouse slated for Richmond lawnbowlers,” online, May 28.
I just read in the Richmond News that city council has voted to spend ($5.3) million to upgrade the Minoru Lawn Bowling facility. I was interested to see that the lawn bowling club currently has a membership of 250, which is expected to grow to 400 members in five years. (Editor’s note: The club president said there are currently 280 members, a city staff report says 250.)
Curious as to how much it costs to become a member there, I went to the Richmond Lawn Bowling Club website and saw that an annual membership is $180.
So, if 250 people are currently paying $180 a year, that is exactly $45,000 a year the facility brings in. I just don’t understand how that necessitates $5 million taxpayer dollars to upgrade the facility for a few hundred people? That’s like spending $20,000 on each of those members who pays $180 a year.
Unless I am missing something here, the return on investment doesn’t seem in line with other projects that the money could be spent on to benefit much more of the city’s population.