Curling club, Rutland Arena on tap for renovations

The Kelowna Curling Club is looking to take on a major renovation, and is approaching the city for some help.

After a gas leak from the refrigeration unit killed three people at an arena in Fernie, the Curling Club got an inspection of its facility, where it was ordered to replace its chiller.

That alone is expected to cost at least $150,000.

On top of that, a leaky roof needs to be replaced, at a cost of roughly $300,000.

The city actually owns the facility, but contracted out the operations to the Curling Club, which doesn't have enough cash on hand to fully fund both projects.

A provincial grant could cover up to half the cost, if the Curling Club is picked as a recipient.

On Monday, council will be asked to approve a plan that would see the city loan money to the Club to replace the chiller.

If the grant money doesn't come in, the city would fund half the roof replacement cost, with the Club paying for half the roof in either scenario.

The city says it wants to commit 50,000 dollars as a non-repayable grant, with the rest to be paid back, with an interest rate of 2.75 percent.

Rutland Arena is upgrading some of its dressing rooms.

The plan is to expand the undersized referees changeroom, as well as add smaller "all user" dressing rooms.

Those would be used in situations where a girl is playing on a boys sports team, or vice versa.

The project is set to cost up to 100,000 dollars, and would be paid for out of the city's Arena reserve fund.

The original rink was built back in 1974, with the second ice rink extension added in 1993.