The Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club has received more than $23,000 from the City towards the replacement of its aging condensers.
The club has two condensers that are part of its refrigeration system and are critical to operations. The condensers started experiencing mechanical problems at the end of the 2018-19 curling season, according to a letter submitted with the funding application.
The total replacement cost is estimated at more than $46,000 and the Assiniboia community committee approved to fund 50 per cent of the project through a community incentive grant during its April 8 meeting. The curling club is responsible for finding the remaining funds.
The plan is to remove the old condensers from the club’s roof and replace them with a new 56-tonne system fenced-off and set on piles at the north end of the building at 940 Vimy Rd.
Founded in 1929, Assiniboine Memorial has more than 1,100 members and a number of elite curling teams use the facility for training.
If the condenser replacement project isn’t completed by August the club won’t be able to operate for next year’s curling season.