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Saskatoon curling club considers what it can do after Granite shuts down this season

“We’re all doing our best. Hopefully everyone who wants to curl will get a spot.”

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With the Granite Curling Club’s sudden closure, other Saskatoon clubs are looking for where they can fill the gap.

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Granite announced Tuesday that it was “with a heavy heart” that the club had been forced to close this year due to serious factory problems.

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Club president Sherrill Mayne wrote, “Last weekend (after three weeks of repairs were completed), an ice maker caught fire and unexpectedly leaked fresh salt water through the concrete.” “As the building is approaching 100 years old, the board is aware that it is a concern that must be addressed before the facility can reopen.”

Shortly after this announcement, three other clubs in the city (Nutana, Sutherland and CN) started thinking about what comes next.

“We are in touch with each other and with all the clubs, but you never know what will evolve from there,” said Kory Kohuch, Nutana general manager and CurlSask board member. increase.

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“I don’t know what the numbers will be. When the hub closed a few years ago, there weren’t any curlers looking elsewhere. Whatever it is, it will curl in some place.

“I know there were a lot of inquiries from all of us when the announcement was made. It’s a matter of what the inquiries are and where we can put them. We don’t have the ability to create new leagues, because the times people want are all full, and all leagues were nearly full before that happened.

“Other clubs have a few spots, and Martensville has a spot. We are all doing our best and hopefully everyone who wants to curl gets a spot.”

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Located downtown on First Avenue North, The Granite was built at a cost of about $10,000 and officially opened on December 20, 1929. Bill McCarter, a longtime local curler, threw the first rock in front of a packed house.

Famous local architect Frank Martin, who designed many of Saskatoon’s schools, drew the first plans. The building he underwent a major renovation in 1961.

And now it faces heavy repairs.

“This is not what the board envisioned for the season, nor is it a decision we wanted to make. But we know it is necessary at this time.”

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Saskatoon curling club considers what it can do after Granite shuts down this season

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