A central Saskatchewan community is looking for the province’s help to rebuild their curling rink.
The 58-year-old landmark in Strongfield, south of Saskatoon, was destroyed in July after a powerful wind storm tore through the town, sending shingles and wooden shards across the road in front of the rink.
Now, the community is hoping to fundraise up to $75,000 to replace the curling destination.
“People from Elbow use the facility, people from Loreburn and a few from Hawarden,” said Art Paulsen, who is working on the campaign. “People from all around come here to curl.”
He told Saskatchewan Afternoon the July 20 storm demolished the rink’s roof and overall structure, while leaving behind some key pieces.
“It took the rink, but it left the waiting rooms and kitchen,” he said. “There’s still a little bit left, but we have to build a new shell.”
Strongfield will use the money gathered through fundraising for facility improvements their insurance plan won’t cover.
Paulsen said ideas include improved insulation and ventilation, along with walkways between the ice sheets.
The campaign is set to kick off with the community’s Christmas party on Dec. 9.
The event will feature a silent auction, which organizers are still looking for donated items for, along with t-shirt sales going directly towards the cause.
Anyone interested in donating to the Strongfield fundraiser can contact Amanda Gloubis at 306-857-2022.