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Published December 07, 2011, 10:11 PM

GF Curling Club Outgrows Its Building

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The Grand Forks Curling Club is planning a major building project. Club membership has outgrown the current building and members have asked the Park Board for permission to rebuild.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The Grand Forks Curling Club is planning a major building project. Club membership has outgrown the current building and members have asked the Park Board for permission to rebuild.

Membership has grown to more than 270 members and the current building is just too cramped.

"We need an overhaul," Bob Bina, head of the building committee, said.

An overhaul that's going to start with tearing down the existing Curling Club and rebuilding a two story club on the same lot.

"We'll have a viewing area upstairs and additional locker rooms and a downstairs for the kids. And we talked about maybe a game room or a lounge for the youth curlers," Bina added.

The Curling Club owns the building, but it sits on Park District land. And now that the club has the Park Board's permission, rebuilding can begin.

"The club is getting old, and the roof is bad, and everything leaks and we know probably within a few years we'll have major problems," Bina said.

The new facility could cost around $500,000. The floors and air compressors will stay, saving the club thousands of dollars. The club is relying on donations to pay for the new building.

"Anybody that has any good ideas, if someone wants to name the Curling Club after maybe a longtime curler, or if there's any corporations or businesses that would be interested, we'd sure entertain that so we're trying to keep an open mind and go from there," Curling Club Board Member Dan Lindgren said.

Ideally, the Club would be torn down and rebuilt by next fall. But that will all depend on fundraising efforts.

"If we have to try and sneak one more year out of it due to money, it may take one more year," Bina added.

The building is 50 years old, and members say it has simply outgrown the sport's popularity.

Members will finish out the season before the building is torn down. They hope to have enough money to build a new one before the next season starts.

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