Come next season the community of Standard will have a new addition to its curling arena.
The Standard Curling Club is ready to break ground on its new project of rebuilding the lounge and viewing area.
“Next week we will probably start demolition and hopefully have the new front end built by November 1, that’s what we are shooting for,” said Standard Curling Club president Lance Larsen.
He explains the two sheet curling arena is built in a Quonset. The new construction will square off the front of the building and attach it to the existing arena.
“The part over the ice was still in pretty good shape, so there was no need to do that at this time. We can replace the shell later,” said Larsen.
The lounge will be on the main floor and there will be a mezzanine style upstairs viewing area. Where the kitchen is located will become a kitchen and bar area.
“It will be better for handicapped access,” Larsen explains with the bathroom and bar are on all on the main floor level.
He says while they are able to break ground they are still actively fundraising to build up the funds needed to complete the project. They are also applying for grants.
“We don’t have all the funds in place but we aren’t doing too bad,” he said, explaining previous boards were diligent in putting away funds knowing eventually, they would have to invest in a building project.
An estimate for the project is in the $360,000 area and they have contracted the Kautz Brothers out of Strathmore for the build.
Larsen said the Club is strong, but it is always interested in having more curlers. He says they are hoping by upgrading the facility they are able to do something with the school and maybe introduce the sport to high school students.
For more information or to donate, contact Larsen at 403-8204077