Rock­y­ford curl­ing rink at mercy of grant ap­pli­ca­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail file­photo

The Vil­lage of will have to wait Rock­y­ford un­til next year be­fore it knows if curl­ing will be back in the com­mu­nity. re­ported last win­ter that the Rock­y­ford Curl- ing Rink would be clos­ing due to the fa­cil­ity be­ing in dire need of re­pair. The story went vi­ral with its tale be­ing told on na­tional me­dia out­lets as well as the BBC.

Randy Melcher, Rock­y­ford Curl­ing Club Pres­i­dent, said the club even re­ceived a do­na­tion all the way from Scot­land.

While their fundrais­ing ef­forts went well, in­clud­ing a GoFundMe cam­paign, the club was still far short of rais­ing the funds to re­place the floor of the curl­ing rink, a bill es­ti­mated, at that time, to be $380,000.

Melcher tells the the club still needs the sup­port of a pro­vin­cial Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity En­hance­ment Grant.

Un­for­tu­nately, the club was not suc­cess­ful in this round of the grant process. They were hop­ing to hear by Au­gust 31.

“We’re scared that we won’t get the grant,” he said. “We ap­plied, we just have to wait un­til Fe­bru­ary of next year.”

He is also con­cerned that by wait­ing, the price tag is ex­pected to go up.

“We’ve been hold­ing off be­cause if we don’t get the money, we have to se­ri­ously think about what we are go­ing to do,” he said. “We don’t want to do any more fundrais­ing, be­cause if we don’t get the grant, what are we go­ing to do with the money? We’ll see what hap­pens in the new year.”

Curl­ing has been played in Rock­y­ford for about 90 years.

The Rock­y­ford Curl­ing Club re­place the floor of its rink. is hop­ing to get ap­proval for a grant to

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.