An Important Message from Bill Baker, Chair of Men's TCA Goldline Curling Competition!
The 125th TCA Goldline Men’s Curling Championships wound up last weekend. I think everyone involved enjoyed the tournament and it ran with very few problems thanks to my great committee and the help from the 14 different curling facilities we used through the week.
We had 216 teams entered this year, which is down by 2 teams from last year. Unfortunately we had teams on a wait list that we could not accommodate because we had used up all of the available ice in the city!
With the recent closure of the curling sections at Scarboro Golf & Country Club and Weston Golf & Country Club, and the announcement that this is the final year for curling at St. George’s Golf & Country Club, we have a serious problem here in the GTA. There are simply not enough curling facilities in the city for the demand. This problem will continue to impact the tournament I run, but more importantly will limit our ability to introduce this sport to the growing number of interested participants in the city.
The interest in curling is growing around the world. Here in the GTA clubs that hold “Learn to Curl” sessions report large numbers of attendees. These clubs are then challenged to find these prospective curlers spots in their leagues to participate.
We need new curling faculties in the GTA.
The West End Curling Committee (westendcurling.com) was formed to try and address this issue as the west end of the GTA is in the greatest need. After this year there will be no curling facilities in the west end of the city of Toronto beyond High Park.
What can you do?
We need to make this issue top of mind with our local politicians and media. I would like everyone that reads this to contact their local councilor and ask for their support in having recreational facilities built or re-purposed for the sport of curling.
The message is simple …
“ Dear Councilor xxx
I am concerned about the lack of curling facilities in the City of Toronto. I am asking for your help to have existing, underutilized Parks & Rec facilities re-purposed for the sport of curling, or have new facilities built, or require developers to include curling facilities in major new developments in the city.”