Thursday, June 5, 2014

Construction Update - Early June 2014

Work continues preparing the land.







Dream - Goal - Reality

Nearly twenty years ago John and Evelyn Nostrand founded the Triangle Curling Club with a small group of dedicated members. The thought of opening a dedicated curling facility in the Raleigh-Durham area probably seemed like a distant dream at the time. In the intervening years there were periods when ice time was not available, curling could not be scheduled, and membership dipped into the teens. Despite these challenges the club held together and now we are on the brink of achieving that once distant goal.

It is fun to look back at these old photos. Lance Wright, Mike and Pat Hartman, Murray and Kathy Jackson, Dan Scheck, Dick and Charlotte Macartney, Rich Wallace, Ken Kato, Brian Chick, and Sarah Cornell are some of our founding members who continue to contribute their time and energy to the moving the club forward.

Who will our next set of founders be? Our dedicated ice founders. When we look back on our ribbon cutting ceremony twenty years from now who will be in that photo?
                                       
“A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline”

Nearly five years ago, then club President Lea Franklin, along with Mike Hartman, Nick Witcraft, and others began an active search for property, setting in motion the building project well underway today.


From the dream of the founding members, to the goal of a dedicated facility, we are arriving at the reality of seeing the birth of a new curling facility thanks to the support of so many people inside and outside our club. We have a lot to be proud of, but there is much left to do. Our club will need each and every one of you to use your passion for sport, and for curling, to join us in providing the resources to make our dream a reality!

The budget for this project is roughly $1,400,000. We have financing in place for $1,250,000 of that.
The remaining $150,000 will need to be raised with the help of contributions from those who want to see this project succeed. Can you help us?


For further information please contact info@trianglecurling.com for general questions and fundraising@trianglecurling.com for any fundraising ideas or questions

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Ground Is Broken!

A few miles south of the soon-to-be home of the Triangle Curling Club in Durham, there's a vacant lot where the following sign has been on display for the better part of five years:


During that time, no obvious progress has been made towards the construction of a school, even so much as the clearing of trees. This is certainly not a slight at Durham Public Schools; it's just an illustration that sometimes, these things take time. A long time.

So, when our curling club bought a piece of land (2310 So Hi Drive, Durham) and posted a similar sign on our property, we'd forgive anyone who might have been a little skeptical. How long would this sign be here, anyway? Two years? Five? Longer? "Future" could mean anything! Indeed, this sign has been on display for over a year now, with no obvious progress being made on the property itself. (Although, we did at least mow the lawn once or twice.)


This is why last Saturday's ceremonial groundbreaking was such a big day. At last, or legalese, financing, and construction contracts are in order, and we can actually start building our club!


(From left to right: PJ Feinson, Mike Hartman, Durham City Councilman Eddie Davis, TCC president Dave Hamilton, Murray Jackson, Lea Franklin.)

Not even a heavy drizzle (if there is such a thing) could keep a crowd of 50 to 75 enthusiastic curlers plus curious onlookers - but mostly curlers - away. Not today.


Digging up some ceremonial dirt mud is great and all, but of course, it's strictly ceremonial. Perhaps the most exciting thing to be found on the grounds of our new club this Saturday was this:


THIS IS ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, YOU GUYS! FOR US! WE'RE BUILDING A CURLING CLUB! FOR REAL!

The next most exciting thing will be when we can take care of the abandoned house. It's kind of in the way. (We'll spare the bagpiper, though.)


For more pictures from the groundbreaking, visit our Facebook page. We're excited! Can you tell we're excited?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Groundbreaking Ceremony - March 29

All club members and the public are invited to attend as we break ground on a new dedicated curling facility in the heart of the Triangle!

Future Home of the Triangle Curling Club
Date: Saturday, March 29 - 10 a.m.
Location: 2310 So-Hi Drive, Durham, NC 27703 (map)
Event Information: Click here

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Where, When, How (can I help)

The Triangle Curling Club is moving. Since 1995, we have bounced around the Triangle area to different hockey arenas to play at times controlled by others. It is now time to have a place of our own on curling not hockey ice.

We plan to break ground soon so we will be open for a 2014-15 curling season.

We are very happy to have found a more central location for our current and future members. We believe this location will help us with recruiting and retention.

Our curling facility will be located in Durham, North Carolina (within RTP) at 2310 So-Hi Drive


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We have secured loans for ice equipment and our building. We need help with those loans and to fund basic amenities within the building.

Here is one way to show your support of the Triangle Curling Club and curling in Durham, North Carolina

Put your name on a ROCK