Ryan Harvey is the General Manager of the Fort St. John Curling Club. He says the renovations were badly needed in order to make the facility more up to date with the current times.
“Over the last six months now we’ve done a lot to improve the accessibility. [There’s] an elevator upstairs, lift down to the ice, make the washrooms more accessible,” he says. “Another big thing seeing as the building is 40 years old is modernizing it. Moving the stairs improves the flow of the building makes it look fresh and new.”
Being able to cater to the needs of people who face physical challenges on a daily basis was one of the main reasons behind the renovations, and Harvey believes that the changes will be more accommodating for on ice events and off ice events.
“To improve the accessibility is the main thing. For us to be able to have for example a wheelchair curling team or have people who can’t get up the stairs to attend a wedding or a community function we are holding,” he explains. “Gone are the days when somebody that couldn’t walk up the stairs would be carried up the stairs. That’s obviously not where we’re at anymore.”
Harvey is excited about leagues starting after the long weekend and says that registration is still open for those wanting to join a team. He also is looking forward to the Alberta Dominion Championships which will be at the curling club next weekend, October 18-20.
“[We’re] looking forward to getting going again this season. We got leagues starting this coming week; that doesn’t necessarily mean that registration is closed,” he states. “If anybody is interested we’ve got spare lists. We make teams out of people looking to curl but don’t have a team. We’re hosting the Alberta Dominion Provincials which is basically like the Scotties Tournament of Hearts or the Brier for club curlers. It will be 16 of the best club teams from Alberta coming up here next weekend.”
If anyone is wanting to get onto the ice for league play this season, you’re encouraged to call the Fort St. John Curling Club at 250-785-2037.