After reading your article on the Parksville Curling Club (‘Study Or Demolish?’), I felt I should reassure our 300-plus Parksville Curling Club members, and any other person living in our community who would enjoy the fellowship and healthful benefits of curling, that the Parksville Curling Club is alive and well.
We have professional curling training in August, with a follow up summer bonspiel August 28–31. In addition to our 18 weekly leagues, we have seven bonspiels scheduled through to Feb. 2015 (www.parksvillecurling.com for dates and times]. Also, we are hosting the B.C. Junior Coastal Playdowns on Nov. 28–30, 2014, and the B.C. Junior Provincial Playdowns on Dec. 29-Jan. 3.
All of these bring athletes and families to our lovely city of Parksville. The provincial playdowns chose the Parksville Curling Club to host their event partially due to our great “arena” ice, and the experience our volunteers have at handling these large events. Much of the income from these events, goes back into our community, along with what participants and their families spend on food and lodging, while they are here.
As stated by the RDN, the meeting on June 24 was held to assess the District 69 Arena (now leased to the Parksville Curling Club), in order to determine the structural integrity and life expectancy of this 40-year-old building. The fact that the RDN approved the assessment, is positive support of the Parksville Curling Club, and acknowledgment of the benefits the club brings to the community.
We thank the RDN for their support, and all our club members and volunteers, who will make this next year an exciting and busy one for us all.
Ron Boag President, Parksville Curling Club