June 19, 2014 8:15 am

Century-old Winnipeg curling club closes its doors

The Victoria Curling Club in Winnipeg is closing after 95 years in operation.

Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

WINNIPEG – The Victoria Curling Club will be sold after 95 years of operating.

The board of the club announced Wednesday that the company that runs the William Avenue facility will dissolve, the building and land will be sold and the money will go to a not-for-profit organization associated with curling.

“Although the club owns the building and land outright, has money in the bank and is currently not in any debt, based on our current and projected membership numbers, debt is not far away,” club president John Muir said in a news release Wednesday.

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“Any kind of expense – an ice plant failure, an ice house heater failure or a blown club house furnace – would surely shutter the club mid-season.”

The board and executive felt the best option was to give the club’s longtime members and ice renters plenty of time to make arrangements to play elsewhere during the next curling season, Muir said.

The curling club’s constitution specifies the assets of the club must go to a not-for-profit organization or a registered charity, the news release said.

The board, executive and members of the club plan to give the money to an organization that serves curlers in Winnipeg.

“The VCC is exploring all options to ensure the gift to the sport of curling is as great as possible,” the news release says.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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