Rockyford, Alberta is a family-oriented agricultural based community, and like all small towns, you know you will find a very active Curling Rink.

Unfortunately for Rockyford, they stand to lose their 90 years of curling history due to a repair bill that is going to cost more than $300,000.

"Our floor is built on top of posts; back in the day when the farmers built it, Rockyford is built on gumbo, so they pounded two posts one on top of another and built a floor, and poured a cement pad; well now all those posts are all dry rotted and our floor is falling in," explained Randy Melcher, president of the Rockyford Curling Club.

Melcher said that they noticed something was not right in 2016 when the curling season started, but at the beginning of this curling season, they knew they would have to postpone the season.

"This fall, when we went to start, we noticed that a good three inches had fell down; so we had a meeting and discussed it, and said well, lets hold off on curling because we are just not going to be able to make the ice."

The curling club had a meeting to see if saving the rink would be of any interest to the community, and they had a tremendous turnout. The curling club is a place to go for the older generation to socialize, so they took the intiative and applied for government grants and started a GoFund me page.

"We got contractors lined up, we have their quotes to tell us what it is going to cost. We are looking at about $370,000, and then we applied to the Alberta Government for about half of that," outlined Melcher.

They still need to raise $174,000, and have no fundraisers planned for the time being, but will be planning some events in the near future. If you would like to donate to help save the Rockyford curling rink you are able to do so on their GoFund me page.

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