News Huntsville Curling Club hoping to rock on with upgrades SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, staff Tuesday Apr. 16th, 2019 The Huntsville Curling Club needs $1 million to update its facility. The 120-year-old club was hoping to be part of a multi-use facility being considered at McCulley-Robertson Sports Complex, but ultimately town council voted down that proposition. There are a total of four sheets at the Huntsville Club. Now, the HCC is going to stay at its present location at 6 Veteran’s Way. But it will need substantial upgrades to its roof, refrigeration system and accessibility to the decades-old facility. It has a pancake breakfast planned for May 11th and 12th and the Rocks to Ridges Golf Tournament in August. You can find details by clicking here. The HCC had asked the town to help by partially funding the move into a new facility, but the planned sports club did not meet approval. In a release to the media VP of Development, Beth Goodhew did not outline a potential timetable to get renovations done. Funding will need to come from a number of public and private sources. “Our immediate priority is to get the roof fixed,” she confirmed. “We are able to do that through the events we held including the men’s Tankard last year.” A new lighting system will also be installed. The money is from savings made when the club thought it would be part of the multi-use facility. The sport locally has shown an upward trend in popularity. A learn to curl program recently tapped out 63 users. Around 500 kids from area schools have used the club this year including a March break program introducing curling to young people. There nearly 250 members of the club as well. “HCC is self-funded through membership dues and fund-raising activities,” says Goodhew. “The HCC does not receive any Federal/Provincial or Municipal funding to support its ongoing operating costs.” It has received funding for staffing from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. “Our goal is that HCC continues to be a place for Huntsville and area to participate in a sport that promotes lifelong active healthy living,” she says.