The new indoor curling rink in Alexandra
The construction of a separate indoor curling facility which was opened in 2021, was the second in a three-stage enhancement of Iceinline Central’s facilities, which included the installation of a new ice making plant and heat exchange unit completed in 2018, and will end with the construction of a roof for the outdoor rink as the final stage.
Iceinline committee members went public with their idea – two curling lanes, under cover to benefit curlers of all ages and abilities. Members attended an Alexandra Clyde and District Business Group breakfast to discuss the concept, which was attended by representatives of various curling clubs including Lowburn, Alexandra, Manorburn, Naseby, Becks, Cambrians, Chatto Creek and Rough Ridge.
Curlers who attended the meeting said they believed more facilities at Alexandra would only better the sport and provide an extra asset for the community. Overall, the response was positive and the project was supported.
Those behind the project explained the new rink would be for curling only and would ease the pressure on the existing rink, which was always full to capacity. The original rink would remain available for ice-skating, ice hockey and curling.
By 2018, Iceinline had received an interest-free loan of £100,000 from the World Curling Federation, through the NZ Curling Association, on the proviso that the new lanes would be used for curling only.
This financial backing, along with community support meant the project was set to become a reality. There were many groups and individuals who supported the new facility, many of whom made significant donations. Among them are the Central Lakes Trust, Otago Community Trust and Lotto NZ.
A Community Endeavour
Local business were also acting behind the scenes and contributed a combined $80,000 in products and services to help complete the project. There have also been a lot of things in kind, that’ve been donated, including time and materials. Local tradespeople and volunteers have played a big part of making it come together.
The project started with humble ambitions, but has evolved and improved. We originally thought we would just do a fabric tent structure over a couple of sheets of ice, but as we worked on it and figured out what could be possible, that transformed into a proper all-weather structure for a two-sheeter, then into a plan for a two-sheeter that could be expanded into a four-sheeter in the future using the same plant and roof structure.