CFB Curling Club levelled

DEAN PRITCHARD -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

It's now a mass of tangled steel and rubble but for 20 years it was Ross Forbes' home away from home.

"I was there almost 24/7, all year round," said Forbes, former manager of the Canadian Forces Base Curling Club at Kapyong Barracks.

Yesterday, wrecking crews tore down the curling club, closed for a year with the transfer of the Princess Pats to Brandon.

ATMOSPHERE

For nearly 50 years, the four sheet rink -- formerly known as the Fort Osborne Curling Club -- was home to army and civilian curlers alike.

"Everybody liked the atmosphere of the military clubs" said longtime member Stan Schneider, who was also the club's ice maker from 2000 to 2004.

"They were friendly and opened their arms to anybody who wanted to come and join in."

Forbes, who managed the club for 17 years until its closure, said it's a sad day to see the building that was part of his life for so long reduced to scrap.

"It was a lot of blood and sweat and tears," he said. "Through a lot of volunteers and dedicated staff we just kept steadily improving it. We just kept going at her until we had done everything.

"It was my work area, my socializing place and everything else for the past 17 years," he said.

Schneider said curling leagues at the club remained close to full right up to its closure.

"It was a part of your life," he said.

Future plans for the 65-hectare base remain up in the air. Responsibility for the property will be transferred to Canada Lands Co. but the hand-over remains mired in government red-tape.

"We have seen some movement over the past couple of weeks so we are hopeful it will occur fairly shortly," said Ravi Joshi, CLC's director of real estate for Manitoba.

"Because the process is outside of Canada Lands' control it is very difficult to put a time line on it," he said.


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