While curling on "Figure Skating/Hockey Ice" helps us maintain and grow interest in Kansas City. Any curler who has played on ice dedicated just for curling will quickly appreciate the many advantages in addition to the 3 very important critaria list here.
Who we are?
Having maintained a club nearly 10 Years (2003), Our Club is renewing its effort to bring dedicated curling ice to the Midwest and be the first dedicated ice curling club in our region.
Curling Basics - All curling club with dedicated ice have some form of these essential areas.
Curling Facts: The following facts create challenges and unique opportunities for other agencies or group that can cooincide with us
Powerpoint Link to powerpoint presentation.
These video examples are not in the works nor negotiated with the potential parties involved, but simply provided as an exercise of how a curling club might provide a richer experience when combined with established locations and activities. Hopefully they will inspire you enough to contact us and let us know your plans and how we might make a better fit in your neighborhood.
The lowest upfront cost way of starting a curling club is Renting a warehouse. Rather than the ice system placed in concrete. Sand can be used to level the floor upon which insulation and the roll out matt piping system can be placed on the floor. This method would preclude the use of the Ice Shed during the off season. A member in the club had offered at one time the potential to expand on his existing warehouse so this design is new construction but any warehouse with the proper column spacing and length can be considered. Warehouses offer low rent that will be challenging for a new and growing club but once established can be achieved despite the fact that the space will not be used more than 6 or 8 month our of a year.
Relevant Example: Columbus Curling Club (2008) (Website) (Construction Photos) (Location Map) rents space and build just enough to get started. and has added more each year. Evergreen Curling club (2012) (Website) (Construction Blog) (Location Map)
Line creek was designed as a summer pool use facility and 11 month ice facility. The pools however was closed due to low revenue and budget cuts. With ice at a premium in the winter The thought is to remove the pool and open up more time on the one hockey rink by adding a practice rink primarily for figure skating and 2,3,or 4 curling sheets. Curling doesn't require a Zamboni but can share the retrofitted, upgrade compressor for making the ice. The reality is curling doesn't require another ice rink, Compressor demands are less for curling and providing their own is typical. Any community center seeking a large summer space from April to September could benefit from adding a curling club to their facility.
With the Crown Center Skating rink in the winter, adding a covered pavilion that can be opened up in the summer (Friday night concerts, Octoberfest) and closed up in the winter would make a unique experience to the sport of curling and Crown Centers outdoor events in the summer. Sliding Windows and be open for the public and closed for private parties The site is a tight fit so the warm room typically locate a the end of the rink was place on the side to help reducing its overall length to 150-155''.
The soccer complex is quite the vast complex but offers little in cover space for large groups of people. The curling facility in the months of April to September could offer protection from weather, a sign up, registration, staging area, mess hall or rental for whatever the soccer or governing body needed, whatever the feel appropriate. Fit snugly between the adjacent parking and a soccer field outer boundry, this clubs impact would be minimal in parking during it months of operation as outlined in the shadded blue areas.
Relevant Example: Wausau Curling Club, (Website)( Location Map) nearing the end of their fundraising campaign, this 8 sheet club will begin construction in the 2012. and is being thought of as an anchor within a future soccer complex.
This design is center around using public land and an existing parking. Relocating a basketball court either inside the facility and replacing the deteriorating restrooms. The Curling Club would operate the facility primarily from October to March while the parks department could rent out the various spaces (media room, warm room, ice shed (Athletic courts) Antioch park is know a place for Weddings and summer camps. The area in the corner of the park entertains sporting activities including shuffleboard and tennis All who could benefit from the use of the building.
Relevant Example: Midland Curling Club, Michigan (Website Construction) (Location Map). Built in 2008, this club opporates on County land and coordinate activities with the Midland Community Center. Though is a seperate building on their campus.
Like Antioch, this is also public land, Unfortunately this site is too tight to offer but a bare bones club if that. It would require a varience since the setback on brookside is also less than that on adjacent setbacks. However it does provide a covered tennis court during the summer and potential space for the annual brookside art festival, a gym space for the neighboring shool and rental space for the neighborhood or business.
Denver Curling Club - Fundraising/Building Campaign
Lone Star Curling Club (Austin, TX) - Buidling Campaign
Pittsburgh Curling Club - Building Committee
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