Members of the Coquitlam Curling Association are being encouraged to sign up for next year’s leagues after it was announced that there will be a full season of curling in 2016-17.
The association’s board is reassuring members that leagues will definitely be operating next season, despite a recent report that went before city councillors.
The report that went before the City of Coquitlam on January 25 suggested that the city could get better value for money from the dedicated curling ice at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, the home of the Coquitlam Curling Club, if they converted it to hockey ice.
However, the association – with assistance from Curl BC – is in discussion with city planners to dispel any misinformation in the report and to find a way forward that will keep curling at the complex to better serve the city’s curling population.
Greg Graham, the association’s President, said: “While we continue to work to come up with a plan that will benefit our membership and satisfy the requirements of the City of Coquitlam, we would like to encourage curlers to make use of the facility in 2016-17.
“Our club is a great place for recreation, friendship and competition. We cater to a wide range of groups, from the 1,400 school kids that curl there as part of their curriculum, to the Special Olympics groups, seniors and junior competitive curlers who use our ice. We will work with the City to continue to provide this vital service.
“We want to reassure members that curling will continue to operate for the 2016-17 season and beyond.”