A standing room only crowd of around 70 people packed the large meeting room on the ground floor of the Badlands Community Facility on Monday to see and hear about plans for a new curling rink.
"We're encouraged by the turnout and, at the end of the day, most of what gets built in a community is because the community supports it," stated the featured speaker, David Edmunds of GEC Architecture in Calgary. "The support is the most important thing and it's obvious that that support is pretty strong."
The proposed rink would be either four or six sheets of ice with a viewing area, change rooms and concessions on the main floor and an upstairs lounge overlooking the action. It would be located just east of the new skate park and oriented either east-west or north-south.
The projected price range is between $5.675 million and $8.4 million depending on the number of ice sheets and whether it's a traditional wooden frame building or prefabricated steel, which is cheaper if somewhat more rustic.
"We've gone through an exercise determining what the costs might be and we've got a few options for where it can be built," noted Edmunds. "We think we've laid a foundation, as it were, and the community can now build on (it),"
Audience members asked all kinds of questions about location and cost, including whether to purchase their own ice plant for the new rink or to tie into the plant at the Memorial Arena, which is the current case.
"GEC is pretty proud of the work that we've done in the town to date and we think this is sort of the last piece of a great facility," said Edmunds, whose firm designed and oversaw construction of the BCF. "We'd really like to see it constructed."
There is no timeline for construction, but Edmunds pointed out it usually takes about two years from a decision to build until shovels are in the ground. With fundraising in its early stages, it would appear a new Drumheller curling rink is still several years away.