History of the Comox Valley Curling Club (CVCC)
In 1958, there was a thirty-acre parcel of land owned by the now defunct Comox Valley Exhibition Association who ran their annual fall fair on the site. This association was in desperate need of a permanent building in which to house their fair. They formed a committee, raised funds but the feasibility study proved such a venture would not be self funding. Another party was interested in the development of a skating rink and the idea of a winter venue emerged. With the planning for a dual-purpose building for skating/curling and an exhibition hall, the two groups joined forces and construction plans were devised for what is now the Comox Valley Curling Centre. The doors to curling opened January 31, 1959. Three days later, with six sheets of ice, league play commenced sporting an original membership of 192. The initial skating/curling rink concept was carried out for a couple of years but skating was then dropped as the difference in required ice depths proved too difficult to properly maintain. Eventually, the Exhibition Association dissolved and the Curling Club became the sole owner of the building. Funds were difficult to come by during the Club's fledgling years and it operated on a shoestring budget. It was inevitable that they went into financial difficulties resulting in the sale of the building to the Regional District for one dollar. The building became a public facility and was put to other uses after the curling season ended. Currently, the Comox Valley Curling Club has a lease agreement with the Regional District where the society is responsible for the overall maintenance of the curling centre and can facilitate rentals for the full year. Nevertheless, with a membership of just under 500, it is proving to be a challenging venture to sustain a 55+ year old building that is in need of a major upgrade. A complete renovation of the slab, windows, equipment and ice plant was completed in 2015 through a cooperative effort with the Regional District. Having formulated a business plan through the 'Business of Curling', the Club executives have developed a long-range goal to sustain and build the great game of curling in the Comox Valley. The challenges ahead will involve the participation of the volunteers of our club along with a good strategic plan that will be implemented to ensure our success.
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