Curlers across BC to benefit from over $820,000 of funding

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Burnaby, BC – Eight curling centres in BC are going to be given a new lease on life after receiving grants totalling almost $830,000.

The clubs, which include Nanaimo Curling Club, Dawson Creek Curling Club and Osoyoos International Curling Club, are all beneficiaries of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

The Program is part of the Government investment into improving local infrastructure across the country to create a lasting legacy to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Nanaimo Curling Club is set to receive $50,000 to help them develop the social space at their centre and host more events at their facility.

The grant will allow the Club to install a new heating and air conditioning system, build a new bar and replace the existing flooring.

Speaking about the funding, Club Manager Denise Wood said: “We’ve named the project ‘Top of the House’ and we hope that by renovating our social space we will be able to rent the club out to the community and welcome more people into our facility.

“We want the space to be community focused and as the first part of this we are going to invite design students from Vancouver Island University to help with the plans. The work on the building should start in April 2016 and hopefully it will be completed by December.”

Other curling centres that have benefited from the funding are:

  • Kamloops Curling Club which received $150,000 to replace their ice plant
  • Gibsons Curling Club will also be purchasing a new ice plant with their $50,100 grant
  • Dawson Creek Curling Club which received $500,000 to replace their ice pad and help them recover from an ammonia leakage last year
  • Salmon Arm Curling Centre gained $25,000 to replace their water treatment system and emissivity ceilings
  • Vernon Curling Club can replace their roof after receiving a grant of $23,276
  • Osoyoos International Curling Club will use it’s $20,236 grant for major renovations
  • Hope Curling Club is now able to repaint their exterior after receiving $5,100

Curl BC encouraged all centres in the province to apply for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to help them improve their facilities and provided application guidance to several applicants. The majority of the funded projects should be completed by the end of 2017, in time for Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebrations.

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