Chilliwack – After 54 years , the furniture from the old Chilliwack Curling Club is being moved to the new facility and it’s already up and running with a full slate of events.
The 30 thousand square foot facility with it’s (somewhat controversial) $11M price tag is worth every penny.
You are invited to the public open house on Friday, November 30 at 3:00 pm at 9291 Corbould Street. Refreshments will be served at the event and Mayor Popove will throw a celebratory rock.
The new centre includes flexible space for a variety of event options. There will also be a viewing area on the main floor to watch the activity on the ice or dry floor, change rooms, a pro shop, kitchen and multipurpose room. On the second floor, you’ll find an additional viewing areas, a covered patio, a meeting room, refreshment area and a 3,700 square foot multipurpose space.
FVN’s Don Lehn spoke with the General Manager of the Club, Bruce Renwick about the future of the new club. The Canadian Men’s Senior Curling Championships will be in town next March, but there are other prizes on the horizon. The Club along with Prospera Centre, could handle a Brier or Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Currently membership is at 700, Renwick won’t be surprised if that balloons to 1000+.
Upstairs, there is banquet space for 300 guests, and the club is already booked well into spring for the use of the banquet hall. An 80 seat restaurant is on the bottom floor. Weddings and trade shows are also on the docket. In the spring and summer when the ice is out, the main curling floor will be available for events and activities. Washroom facilities will be accessible from the outside, benefiting children and parents using the nearby playground.
Yes the old Curling Club will go the way of the now demolished Chilliwack Coliseum, which will become extra parking.