Marmora – In 2019, the Marmora and Area Curling Club welcomed the good news that it received a $145,000 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Club put those funds to work with needed renovations to the arena and making it more energy efficient. Work has now finished, and the Club is pleased to say that thanks to the grant covering the cost of the work, will be able to continue providing affordable year-round activities for the community when programs resume once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
"The club picked the right time to do these renovations and the Trillium Foundation did the right thing with this grant," said Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp. "We're all coping with these unusual times and we can all look forward to the resumption of normal winter activities such as curling, as soon as possible."
Thanks to the grant, the Marmora and Area Curling Club was able to upgrade its 42-year-old building. In addition to adding a more energy efficient heating and air conditioning system, the Club also used the funds to renovate the existing bathroom and locker room areas and installed a new air conditioning system for the upstairs lounge area.
"The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Neil McQueen, President of the Marmora and Area Curling Club. “Infrastructure renewal in our well-used 42-year-old facility will ensure continued direct benefit to the local community, contributing to the health of our community for decades to come.”
The mission of the Marmora and Area Curling Club is to offer sustainable, affordable, and accessible curling and other recreational activities in the Marmora area for all ages, while providing a welcoming sport and leisure facility for the entire community. For more information on accessing the Club and when play will resume, please visit: www.marmoracurlingclub.com
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca