PARRSBORO – When the Parrsboro Curling Club closed down about a decade ago, club member Lloyd Smith made shore the stones and other equipment were put in safekeeping.
“I made sure the rocks were stored at the Lions Arena because, if there was ever a chance that curling was going to start again, it was going to be here,” said Smith, during the first weekly curling night at the arena on Oct. 29. “It seemed that right now is the time to start getting people interested again.”
The idea was brought to town recreation director Tissy Bolivar, who sent flyers around town to gauge interest in the activity. Response was positive, she said.
“Once we heard back from around 30 people, I knew it was possible we could go ahead,” she said.
The first night saw a mixture of about 20 males and females of all ages, about half of which were new to the sport, while many others were members of the former curling club. Bolivar said they were hoping to see 25 members, while Smith said his initial goal was 32, in order to have two draws.
“We still need a few more people to get there,” he said. “We need about a dozen more people. If people are interested, there is still time to get on board, and hopefully it will be a good year.”
Usage of the rink from activities such as minor hockey has been dropping, according to Smith, who is also a member of the Lions club and president of the Parrsboro Minor Hockey Association.
“So we had to find another activity to do in there,” he said. “Curling is a low-contact sport that basically anyone can do, as long as they are stable on ice.”
Curling takes place every Monday night at the arena, which will see the Lions pebble the ice for the occasion, from 6-9 p.m.
Those interested in taking part can contact Tissy Bolivar at town hall at 254-2036, or curlers Kim Babineau, Michael Levy or Sarah McPhee.