The Castlegar Curling Club has been a fixture in the community for more than 50 years and things are about to get rocking again on another season.
“For our first league play we are targeting Monday, Oct. 21 and flooding of the ice should start on the 12th,” said Ron Anderson, curling club president. “We’ve got a mixed club, mens club, ladies club and retirees. The retirees historically have been growing and they make room for anybody. The ladies are running two draws on Tuesday and Thursday and the men have two early draws and then also have a late draw for any excess as well.”
Anderson said the club is focussed on rebuilding the ranks of the mixed league, which is essentially open to anyone.
“We call it mixed but really what it is is open curling,” he said. “Let’s get everyone in the community out and it’s less competitive and more fun.”
Anderson said kitchen facilities have been upgraded, using funds from each of the clubs and money through a community grant from Columbia Basin Trust. The club is also home to four sheets of ice, locker rooms and has both a lower and upper viewing area. The upstairs lounge provided the best view and features a bar, fireplace, and washrooms.
“It should be a little better for people who want to rent the facility,” he said.
The Castlegar Curling Club, at 937 Columbia Avenue right beside Pioneer Arena, can be reached at 250-365-6666.