Mount Forest Curling Club receives $146,600 Trillium grant for new ice system

MOUNT FOREST – A new ice system for the Mount Forest Curling Club is set to become a reality with the assistance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

“I am pleased to announce that the Mount Forest Curling Club’s (MFCC) $146,600 capital grant application to the Ontario Trillium Foundation has been approved,” states Perth-Wellington MPP Matthew Rae in a Dec. 22 press release issued by the club.

Club resident Doug Rice said the grant “truly is good news” and thanked the OTF “for recognizing and supporting the role that the curling club plays in our growing community.”

MFCC Head ice technician Kim MacKenzie, who led the grant writing team, said, “this grant will cover approximately 75% of the total cost to replace our current, over-worked system that’s been in place since the mid 1960s.

“Plus the grant will enable MFCC to convert and transform the ice plant into a modern and efficient working system, allowing for lower energy costs, high quality ice, and extended curling season activities,” MacKenzie added.

The Mount Forest Curling Club has provided opportunity for sport and social activity in the town and surrounding community since its founding in 1880.

Located at 144 Egremont Street South, the club features four sheets of curling ice, a lounge and an off-ice viewing area and “truly provides a great value for the membership and community,” club officials state.