In the Beginning
The club began as an idea in 1973. It was a wish for recreation - a dream for the first indoor recreation facility on the Sunshine Coast. A committee of interested citizens was struck and organizing began.
From that group of interested citizens, a non-profit society was formed in November 1973 and named the Gibsons Winter Club (later to be renamed the Gibsons Curling Club in the early 1990s). The club's constitution states its purpose is for the recreation of the sport of curling and to promote curling in all its forms.
Having no land available, the society turned to the Province of BC and the Village of Gibsons council to have Crown land made available. A delegation, made up of the society executive and village aldermen, traveled to Victoria to persuade the province.
After extensive work and presentation, the 5-acre parcel of land fronting the highway was procured from the Crown for the village and designated for the sole purpose of recreation in March 1974.
Construction began in 1975. The rink area of the building was completed in time for curling to begin in January of 1976. The lobby, washrooms, kitchen, and lounge were completed in 1976.
Curlers have been curling here for over 45 years!
Construction was funded through:
1. The sale of debentures sold to the community for $200 each, approximately $70,000 worth.
2. In addition, 2 loans totaling $80,000 were obtained and co-signed by members.
3. The remainder of the construction of the facility was completed through volunteer labour and donated materials, totaling over $100,000 in value.
No construction funding or operating expenditures of the Gibsons Curling Club was received from the municipality of Gibsons.
The Gibsons Curling Club is proud of its financial sustainability, responsibility, and independence.
All capital expenditures (both exterior and interior and general upkeep of the 15,000-plus square foot facility and equipment) have been funded by the club and its members.
We Thank our Construction Contributors
Concrete: Construction Aggregates
R-bar and mesh: Canfor
Plumbing: Moe Girard & Peninsula Plumbing
Electrical: Lambert Electric BC Hydro
Various materials: Gibsons Building Supplies
Crane: Tarling Crane Service