The Curling Centre of Excellence

This re-development solidifies curling as an integral part of the RA and opens up major opportunities that would otherwise not be possible. Once completed, the Curling Centre of Excellence will offer greatly enhanced experiences to the RA Curling Club members and the broader curling community.

Here is a quick overview of this project to be completed in phases over the next few years:

PHASE 1 – Completed FALL 2021

  • Phase 1 consisted of the arena ice change-over to curling and was completed in the Fall of 2021. 
  • The stadium style ice is divided into five (5) sheets and an additional short practice area.  
  • Programming centres around the longstanding and successful RA Curling Club leagues, activities, and learn-to-curl programs. An expansion of para and junior curling, the introduction of high-performance training camps and specialty curling clinics will support Long Term Athlete Development for all ages and abilities. 

Future phases (timing tbd) will include the creation of vibrant social spaces and lounges, as well as modern and accessible dressing rooms. 

PHASE 2 – Spring/Summer 2022

FEBRUARY 2022 – UPDATE
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) has approved our request for $500,000 in funding through the Community Building Fund – Capital Stream which will help the RA continue the transformation in our multi-year Curling Centre of Excellence (CCE) project. 

These funds were secured from OTF for the renovation of the old hockey-style dressing rooms and represent a tremendous opportunity to respond to member and community needs and champion inclusivity and accessibility. This new inclusive environment will feature gender-neutral, barrier-free washrooms, change rooms and shower areas to benefit everyone including for example, those who have personal health requirements or mobility challenges and those who may require assistance (ie. children and seniors). In addition, lockers and a welcoming common space designed to encourage ease of movement and casual social interactions will complete the space in time for the start of the next curling season (Fall 2022).

The design will evolve through a series of consultations with local, provincial, and national curling organizations and the CCE Advisory Committee comprised of RA Curling Club (RACC) members, RA staff and industry consultants. Through this stakeholder engagement, we can be confident that this innovative space will inspire a sense of year-round pride and belonging and establish a new standard in inclusive and accessible sport, recreation and wellness. We look forward to sharing this vision (including renderings) as the design takes shape in the coming months.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kelly Shaw-Swettenham, Director, Recreation, Sport and Fitness Services at kshawswettenham@racentre.com for more information.

   
 
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
ONTARIO TRILLIUM FOUNDATION  
   

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