Did you know the City of Oshawa’s outdoor tennis courts are free to use year-round? So grab your racket and channel your best Ralph Fededer or Venus Williams:
Alexandra Park: Located in the shadow Lakeview Health Oshawa’s looming grey parking garage, there are three courts to choose from. If you’re driving, park in the free lot on Buckingham Avenue, and walk towards the hospital. Find clean, regularly checked washrooms in the park by the children’s playground. 65 Buckingham Ave.
Baker Park: The address says Baker Park Court, but the easiest way to access these two, tree-shrouded tennis courts is off Regent Drive from Harmony Road. 151 Baker Court.
Brookside Park: Find two tennis courts in this spacious park, which is just east of the Oshawa Executive Airport. 370 Glencastle Ave.
Conlin Roads Park: This newer, “poshawa” Oshawa park boasts a single tennis court that’s within easy walking distance from a children’s playground. 1975 Walreg Drive, between Walreg Drive and Samac Trail.
Kingside Park: Located at Dean Avenue and Tennyson Avenue, near the 401, the two tennis courts at this location have been resurfaced recently and are in very good condition! No night tennis due to lack of lighting, however, there is a dedicated parking lot for the park (yay for no street parking!) 537 Tennyson Ave.
North Oshawa Park: Play day or night on the five courts, but know that the Oshawa Community Tennis Club and the Oshawa Tennis Club permit use of the courts through the Facility Booking Office between May and October. Court 5 is (thankfully!) left open for the rest of us on a first-come, first serve basis. Want to play on courts 1 – 4? Visit during the following days and times: Sunday after 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday between 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday between 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Thursday between 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday between 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday after 6:30 p.m. However, there’s lots of parking, a new children’s playground, and an Oshawa Community Garden also on site. 1139 Mary St. North.
Stone Street Park: Head to South Oshawa in the summer for the cool Lake Ontario breeze, plus the four recently resurfaced courts that have lights for evening play. The courts are located just south of the South Oshawa Community Centre, which has a generous (and free) parking lot. 1535 Cedar Street.
Which court is your favourite? Tell us in the comments!