Drumheller Curl­ing Club plan­ning for fu­ture

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - O.R. Sheddy

Mem­bers of the Drumheller Curl­ing club will get a glimpse of what the fu­ture might look like on Mon­day when it un­veils some of the club’s po­ten­tial plans.

The Drumheller Curl­ing Club has been en­joy­ing a resur­gence with pop­u­lar events through­out the sea­son and a bur­geon­ing ju­nior pro­gram. It has also been host­ing fun nights which has also brought in new users.

The club has also been busy look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of re­plac­ing the fa­cil­ity be­side the Drumheller Me­mori a l Arena. Lorelei Martin has been work­ing on a com­mit­tee for a new fa­cil­ity and says they will present a fea­si­bil­ity plan to the mem­ber­ship this com­ing Mon­day, April 10.

She ex­plains the Club was able to re­ceive a Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity En­hance­ment Pro­gram (CFEP) grant to help fund the fea­si­bil­ity study. They con­tracted GEC to com­plete the re­port.

“We have had quite a lot of sup­port from the town in the process,” said Martin. “They pro­vided let­ters of sup­port.”

She adds that be­cause much of the back­ground work had been com­pleted by the town, they were able to re­al­ize some sav­ings on the fea­si­bil­ity study.

The study looked at the pos­si­bil­ity of ei­ther a four-rink or six-rink fa­cil­ity. The town has ear­marked the area north of the Drumheller Memo­rial Arena for a new fa­cil­ity in close prox­im­ity to the ice plant that could serve both the arena and the curl­ing fa­cil­ity. The po­ten­tial costs for the plans will be shared with mem­ber­ship at large at the Mon­day night’s meet­ing.

“The town con­tin­ues to work with us on the project ,” said Martin. “It has been very pos­i­tive with the new rink team.”

The club has been ac­tively fundrais­ing for the fea­si­bil­ity study as well as the po­ten­tial project. The meet­ing with curl­ing club mem­ber­ship at large and GEC will be at 7 p.m. in the large meet­ing room at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Drumheller Curl­ing Club and GEC will be un­veil­ing its fea­si­bil­ity study look­ing at a new curl­ing fa­cil­ity at a meet­ing with the club’s mem­ber­ship Mon­day night.

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