|Photo taken April 2013.|
In 1903, the commissioners overseeing the parkland Wilson set aside were approached by the Beach Success Club, an all-male debating society that was branching out into athletic activities. The club applied to build a members-only clubhouse and lawn-bowling green at the foot of Beech Avenue. When the plan appeared bound for approval in August 1903, the Star reported that “this new move has made more people look towards Balmy Beach” as a place to purchase property.
|Ladies' paddling team, Balmy Beach Club, circa 1920. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 215.|
|Front page, Telegram, February 8, 1936. Click on image for larger version.|
|Balmy Beach Club, June 1953. Photo by James Salmon. Toronto Public Library, R-5451.|
|Telegram, March 4, 1963. Click on image for larger version.|
|Globe and Mail, November 25, 1967.|
Today, the clubhouse provides spaces for members to stay fit and relax over a beer. A mural facing the boardwalk gives strollers a glimpse into its many athletic accomplishments.
Additional material from The Beach by Glen Cochrane and Jean Cochrane (Toronto: ECW, 2009), the February 8, 1936 edition of the Globe, the March 4, 1963, June 10, 1963, and November 25, 1967 editions of the Globe and Mail, the August 15, 1903, February 8, 1936, and March 4, 1963 editions of the Toronto Star, the February 8, 1936 and March 4, 1963 editions of the Telegram, and the July 2003 edition of Toronto Life.