Edenbridge Tennis Club (ETC) was founded as a not-for-profit corporation in 2018. The club was formed as a direct result of the closing of James Gardens Tennis Club which, after many years of neglect, was finally forced to shut down at the end of the 2018 season. Edenbridge Tennis Club intends to take over the four courts located at the site of the now defunct James Gardens Tennis Club.
James Gardens had been a community staple for over 45 years. Located in the heart of Etobicoke's James Gardens Park, the tennis club is nestled next to the Humber River. With hills and heavy foliage, the club was perfectly situated for tennis due to its shelter from both wind and noise. The courts are so well tucked away in fact, that it is common to see deer and other wildlife near the courts.
Often referred to as Etobicoke’s Best Kept Secret, James Gardens Tennis Club continued to be such a draw that many of the club’s members retained their memberships despite moving to other parts of Toronto.
Despite the club’s many positive attributes and its prime location, the lack of any strategic direction eventually depleted the club’s coffers and forced its dissolution in October 2018.
It is important to note that the Edenbridge Tennis Club emerged from a true grass-roots effort of several passionate individuals who came together to figure out a way to keep their club alive. The executive is now formed from a few long-time (18+ years) members of James Gardens and several new parties who are all extremely optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead for the new club.