Triangle Curling Club buys land for rink
Triangle Curling Club leaders took a step closer to realizing their vision of building a dedicated curling facility in Durham with the purchase of 7 acres near the Research Triangle Park.
The club bought the land on So Hi Drive in May for $215,000, according to Durham County property records. Several club members loaned money for the purchase, club spokesman Joe Mecca said in an email.
The purchase follows a 6-0 Durham City Council vote in April that approved the zoning that would allow for the construction of an ice rink on the property.
“The next steps are to secure bank financing for the building, including the ice-making equipment,” said Joe Mecca, a spokesman for the club.
Mecca said the club hopes to see construction start this summer on a 14,500-square-foot, four-sheet curling facility. But that’s if they can raise the money for the project.
The club is looking for bank financing, and is also soliciting donations from its members, the nation’s curling community, as well as from companies and individuals. The building is expected to cost around $850,000.
Triangle Curling Club leaders want to see the Durham curling facility open before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Curling, which has been described as like “shuffleboard on ice,” is a sport in which teams compete to land granite stones on or near a target on a sheet of ice.
There are curling clubs in the state in Charlotte, Wilmington, and the Triangle. The Triangle club, which has 65 active members, launched in 1995.
"The past few Olympics have taught us that the 2014 Games will undoubtedly be met with a burst of new interested in the sport, and we'll be excited to have a building that can meet that demand,” Dave Hamilton, club president of the Triangle Curling Club, said in a news release. “Having a dedicated curling facility in the Triangle will enable us to welcome new members and offer more opportunities for people to learn the sport, as well as provide leagues of varying levels of competition.”