| A curler at the Prince Rupert Curling Club focused on lining up his shot|
(from a PRPA video on recent improvements at the facility)
With Bonspiel season underway at the Prince Rupert Curling Club, members are able to now have a first hand look at some of the recent safety and accessibility improvements to the Seal Cove facility.
The Curling Centre is one of the longest standing recreation spots in the community and has suffered some challenges in recent years, many of which have now been addressed by way of a partnership between the Prince Rupert Curling Club and the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Community Investment Fund.
Among the key features addressed was an upgrade to the rink's refrigeration system, that following provincial changes to regulations that had made the old system far too expensive to maintain.
Through the Community Investment Fund, the Curling Club was able to replace an old ammonia plant with a new freon plant, a much safer and more efficient form of keeping the ice in place.
“The new refrigeration system is more functional and reliable, and as a result our ice operations have drastically improved, allowing us to provide a much higher quality surface for curlers of all ages and experience levels. Without the generosity of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund we would not have been able to install this new equipment and continue operating Prince Rupert’s sole curling rink.” -- Natasha Lebedick, President of the Prince Rupert Curling Club.
More notes on past investments from the Community Investment Fund can be reviewed here.