The value was in the land - making the club a contender is going to be a challenge. They are going to miss Dennison - he was the club for more than 35 years.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 8th, 2016


He bought the place in 1980 – when it was a 5000 square foot operation.

Dennison announcing

It was an emotional day for Jack Dennison – he announced cedar Springs had been sold.

This afternoon Jack Dennison announced the sale of the Cedar Springs Health and Racquet Club to Ivan Bradiaric, a Burlington businessman and property owner who has been a member of the club for more than ten years.

Dennison, in what was an emotional occasion for him, was reluctantly passing on the torch to someone who will immediately begin refurbishing the look of the lobby and making better use of the space.

The sale of the property closed on March 1st – why? The place was limping – it needed a freshening up and the corporation needed to make better use of the land.

Dennison and Ivan Bradiaric

A wistful Jack Dennison look on as the new Cedar Springs owner rolls up hi sleeve the grow the business.

Bradiaric has property holdings in the immediate area and he thinks he can do some cross marketing to boost the club’s membership – and – most importantly – see if he can get a zoning change to build a condominium at the south end of the property and tie it into the club.

Bradioaric said he expect to spend between $1 million and $1.5 million on upgrades that will be part of a new concept. He wasn’t prepared to say just what he had in mind other than to add that membership had become stagnant and he believed there was significant growth potential.

What happens to Jack? Well he is an avid sports person; he talks about more time for tennis and doing some cycling when the weather is better.

The club grew sort of “topsy turvey” in Jack’s hands. While Dennison earned an MBA at McMaster he brought his own unique management style to his business operations – much the way he brings his unique style to the seat he holds on city council.


More cycling time – that’s it?

Dennison was in the habit of holding his community meetings at the club where he consistently served popcorn and water to those who attended.

The sale of the club may surprise many – it’s something Dennison has been working at lining up for some time.

It was a tough emotional day for him.

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