The high cost of maintaining an aging curling facility has yet again become a reality for an Ontario curling club. The membership of the Hylands Curling Club in Ottawa this week had to make the difficult decision to close its doors. From their website:
Hylands Curling Club Members:The executive would like to inform you all that sadly Hylands Curling Club has been permantly closed. Estimates for repairs to make the club environmentally and electrically safe totalled $250,000.00. Given that the club was built in 1958, base fund officials could not support this large loan.
All paid members for the Oct 06 – Apr 07 season will be reimbursed by the Canadian Forces Support Unit, Ottawa, Non Public Funds accounting section.
Members who have some personal items stored at the club are to retrieve those items at the earliest convenience by contacting club manager during normal working hours.
Hylands has been a great place to curl for many many curlers during it’s 48 year existance. The Executive deeply regret any inconvience suffered by our members. Further details will be communicated as they become available.
Unfortunately this seems to be becoming a bit of a trend. As clubs age and require major repairs, new compressors or even simple renovations it is becoming increasingly difficult for some community clubs to survive. So far this year we have seen this story with Avonlea and now Hylands. It’s hopeful that a trend like this does not continue…