Vancouver marks 100 years of curling
The Vancouver Curling Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend.
A Celebrate the Decades Funspiel takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature curlers wearing gear and costumes from the last 100 years.
Curlers will gather on the ice for a commemorative photo at 1:00 p.m.
The club, at the Hillcrest Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, is also hosting an open house throughout the day. Displays have gone up throughout the building commemorating the past 100 years of the club.
The VCC dates back to 1912 where curling took place on Denman Avenue in a facility referred to as the “Pile”. Curling ceased with the start of WW I and was suspended until 1931 where it restarted at the Forum in Hastings Park. With the popularity of curling growing, 1938 saw the start of fundraising to build a facility dedicated to curling. However, these efforts were stalled by the start of WW II. The VCC continued to have quality curlers, sending a rink to the newly restarted Brier in Saskatoon in 1946.
In 1948, fundraising resumed for a curling facility not just for VCC members – but as many curlers as the facility would fit. A site on Dinmont Ave was selected with Vancouver City Hall and the Vancouver Park Board. The five-sheet Dinmont facility was in operation from 1949 to 2011.
In August 2011, the Vancouver Curling Club moved into Hillcrest Centre in the facility that hosted the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games curling competitions.
To find out more, visit the VCC 100 years site: http://vancurl.com/100years.