Our Dedicated Ice Initiative


Pine Tree Curling Club Moving Forward with Plans for Dedicated Facility

 

The Pine Tree Curling Club (Portland, Maine), a five-year-old arena club, is aggressively moving forwardThe Pine Tree Curling Club (Portland, Maine), a five-year-old arena club, is aggressively moving forwardwith plans to open a dedicated curling facility well before the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Theclub’s goal is to lease and retrofit an existing space as a three or four-sheet facility with a warm room,bar, and viewing area. Due to Portland’s vibrant and growing food, drink, and entertainment scene, theclub will be a premier venue for bonspiels and private events. Our goals are for the club to become aprime curling destination and to further our mission of growing the sport by offering opportunities foryouth, scholastic, senior, and adaptive curlers to participate and thrive in the game we love.

The club has already secured much of the equipment necessary to open and run a dedicated facility. ItThe club has already secured much of the equipment necessary to open and run a dedicated facility. Ithas five sets of stones, hacks, brooms, grippers, sliders, and stabilizers. Most significantly, the club hasreceived a commitment from the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland for the donation of two used, butvery well maintained, Carrier chillers this coming summer. Those chillers have several useful years left,and will enable the club to open a dedicated facility without the very significant expense of purchasing anew chiller.

Of course, the most immediate goal is to raise the funds necessary to lease, retrofit, and operate aOf course, the most immediate goal is to raise the funds necessary to lease, retrofit, and operate adedicated facility. The club is currently seeking pledges from its members in the form of interest-freeloans, as most clubs transitioning to dedicated ice do. Once in-house fundraising is complete, we intendto apply to the GNCC Legacy Fund for a low-interest loan and possibly to the WCF for its interest-freeloan. Our friends at Broomstones Curling Club (Wayland, Massachusetts) generously hosted a Buildspielon the weekend of December 8-9, 2019. Twelve teams from throughout New England participated,raising $6,500 for our dedicated ice fund.

Dedicated ice has become a priority for the club because of the typical challenges facing an arena curlingDedicated ice has become a priority for the club because of the typical challenges facing an arena curlingclub. While the club routinely fills its Learn-to-Curl events and its Maine Brew Bus events, it struggles toconvert participants into league curlers. The primary reason is the availability of ice at reasonable times.The club’s two main leagues curl from 9:10 – 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday nights and from 8:00 – 10:30p.m. on Wednesday nights. Obviously, these are not ideal times for those who work during the week orfor those who have younger children at home. With dedicated ice, league play will be at morereasonable times.

The club is also unable to host any bonspiels at the arena. First and foremost, ice conditions are notThe club is also unable to host any bonspiels at the arena. First and foremost, ice conditions are notwhat people attending, and paying good money, rightfully expect. While the arena tries very hard tocreate the best curling ice possible, our leagues play immediately after hockey games, and it is simplynot possible to make ice like that found at a dedicated facility. Even if the ice were acceptable, thehourly rate for the ice would make bonspiels financially impossible. Similarly, it is difficult for the club tohost private events, and it is unable to take advantage of bar sales, a major source of income for mostclubs.

All of these factors, and more, are leading the club toward creating its own facility. Maine has the oldestAll of these factors, and more, are leading the club toward creating its own facility. Maine has the oldestpopulation in the country, making seniors a very attractive demographic for the club to draw from.Although it is the largest state in New England geographically, Maine has only one dedicated curlingfacility in the entire state (Belfast Curling Club). Portland lies at the heart of the most populated part ofthe state, making it the ideal location for a new facility, since the Belfast Curling Club is nearly two hoursaway. Youth have very limited ability to learn and grow in the sport without a dedicated facility wherethey can practice and play.

There are a number of ways in which GNCC member clubs can assist us in this effort. There are aThere are a number of ways in which GNCC member clubs can assist us in this effort. There are anumber of pieces of equipment which Pine Tree Curling Club would accept as donations in order toavoid the initial cost of purchasing. Of course, we would hope that any donations would be in goodworking order. For example, the club could use an ice scraper; nipper; pebble cans and heads; 8’ mops;and scoreboards and numbers. We would also love to work with any club that might be willing to hostanother Buildspiel for us this spring or fall.

The club is thrilled to be in a position to be moving forward with our plans. Thank you to everyone whoThe club is thrilled to be in a position to be moving forward with our plans. Thank you to everyone whohas supported us in this effort with either their kind wishes or financially. We look forward to seeingmany of you at our new facility!

Good Curling!

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Pine Tree Curling Club is an arena curling club that was established in 2015.  Our regular season runs from September through March at the William B. Troubh Ice Arena (formerly known as the Portland Ice Arena) in Portland, Maine.  The club has approximately 50+ members, and the level of experience ranges from first-time curlers to experienced.  
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