Friday, May 31, 2013

Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to the blog for the Pittsburgh Curling Club's (PCC) efforts to build a dedicated facility for curling in western Pennsylvania. I'd like to offer up a big thanks to Jacki for taking the initiative to make this site possible.

It's our intention to use this space to keep you informed of our progress as we work through the details of obtaining funding, building design, site planing, permitting, site preparation, and construction. We'll post pictures, drawings, and details as they develop.

This site will also provide a forum for people to voice support for the project and tell us why they want us to build. There are many good reasons why PCC members want our own facility ranging from playing on quality ice, to more curling opportunities, to a better atmosphere for broomstacking. And, I'll bet we discover some new reasons that many of us hadn't thought of.

I'll start by throwing out a reason for why I support this project. Dedicated ice allows the PCC to control our own destiny. Make no mistake, curling at the RMU Island Sports Center has allowed the PCC to succeed and even thrive for 11 years. We would not be in existence without their invaluable support. But, this past season reminded us that we aren't guaranteed any ice time from season to season. As things are, we are unable to expand our programs and we can't attract new members. The status quo is no longer acceptable.

With our own building, we'll set our own ice schedule and determine the balance between league curling for members and open ice to be used as practice time or for public curling to attract new curlers to the club. In this way, we can achieve our mission which says in part - "To teach, develop, promote, encourage the sport of Curling ... by creating public awareness and appreciation for the sport."

Steve Buffington
PCC - President

1 comment:

  1. And you'll be able to start a school and college program.