Some great news from Kinross Curling this week courtesy of Eileen Thomas:
The curling community of Kinross celebrated the successful refurbishment of their rink with a bonspiel on Saturday 20 September.
During the April to September off-season, Kinross curling rink has been given a major overhaul costing over £1M.
The building was stripped back to its steel frame, the floor excavated and then rebuilt. A new concrete floor was created with various layers including heating to avoid ground heave, insulation and 13km of pipes carrying the refrigerant. The walls and roof are now insulated and a new ice plant, boilers and ducting for air and heating have been installed. A new electricity sub-station also had to be built.
Two years ago the facility, built in 1977 as an extension to the Green Hotel, was facing closure as the refrigerant used in its ice plant is soon to be outlawed under EU regulations and the building required major investment to remain fit for purpose.
The Kinross Curling Trust, a charitable body with around 400 curlers as members, arranged to take over the running of the curling rink from the owners via a long lease and set about raising the required funds for the refurbishment.
The largest contributor was sportscotland who gave a grant of £400,000 and a grant of £125,000 was received from Perth and Kinross Council. At the opening bonspiel, Trustee Doug Ritchie particularly thanked the fundraising efforts of members of the Kinross Curling Trust, saying: “The key to securing external funding has been the contributions from curlers and local bodies – around £390,000 in total through donations and loans – a magnificent achievement.”
The Kinross Curling Trust has already successfully run the curling rink for one season prior to the refurbishment. Mr Ritchie, who is the Trust’s Business Manager, said: “We enter the new season with a state of the art ice hall which should enable us to provide very high quality ice and excellent curling.”
Kinross Curling Trust plans further improvements in the future, such as disabled access to the upper floor lounge.
Eighty members of the Kinross Curling Trust took part in the Opening Bonspiel, a fun, social event, on Saturday 20 September.
A formal opening ceremony for the refurbished facility will take place in November.
To see how the rink looks now I suggest you take a look at these pictures – what a difference.
Great to see all the hard work paying off and here’s to many years of curling in Kinross.
Photo is © Andy Macpherson 2014