Funds could help secure new curling rink in Fernie

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April 17, 2013, (ISN) – A new curling centre could be planned for Fernie after the Sand Creek Community Club were successful in securing $20,000 in gaming money to produce a feasibility study.

The study will determine if a new arena and curling rink could be built in the South Country area, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett announced today.

The comprehensive feasibility study, expected to take three to four months, will look at a number of different factors to determine whether the area can support a new arena and curling rink. Population growth projections, capital and operating costs, community support and possible locations are among the considerations which will be explored during the process.

Extensive consultations, including open town-hall meetings, involving various local organizations, local government officials, the school district, business leaders, other interest groups and residents will contribute their views to the final report.

Minister Bennett said: “I look forward to the conclusions of the feasibility study. This is exactly how these processes should work – by engaging with the very people who will utilize and benefit from the project. I know just how popular sports like hockey and curling are in the area, but ultimately it will be up to the community to decide if this is the right project.”