The Parksville Curling Club wants the Regional District of Nanaimo to give them a longer tenure that just five years. (File photo)

Parksville Curling Club wants to avoid demolition of building

RDN moves to delay decision

The Parksville Curling Club wants to be treated as an asset rather than a liability.

That’s the message the club’s president, Penny Shantz, expressed to the Regional District of Nanaimo when she appeared at its meeting on Feb. 25.

The building the club currently uses is owned by the RDN but the land is the property of the City of Parksville. The club has a five-year lease on the building known as the District 69 Arena. Shantz said the club wants a longer tenure so it can be eligible for capital grants.

The club maintains and operates the building without any subsidy from the regional district and the city.

The RDN has plans to demolish the building. The RDN board had agreed that funding of $1 million would be allocated in the 2019-2023 financial plan that would be spent on the removal and remediation of the property. But there’s been no date set nor any talks as to whether the building will be demolished once the lease with the curling club is up in 2023.

Shantz said curling is a popular recreation and sporting activity in Parksville. It continues to grow, having added 20 per cent more capacity this year.

She said the club provides an economic benefit to the city and area whenever they hold events. She cited the City of Quesnel Economic Impact Study that showed an $82,000 community benefit derived from a 16-team provincial championship event.

“Based on this, our previous nine hosted events brought $1.6 million economic benefit to our community,” said Shantz.

Shantz suggested a change to the structure of the relationship between the RDN, Parksville and the curling club. The rink is important to residents and to the region’s economy she said. Consideration should be given to ensure the ongoing success of the sport.

Shantz said they are suggesting the RDN donate the building to the curling club allowing it to redirect the $1.27 milion that’s being set aside for demolition. They also want a long-term lease of the property or Parksville to donate the land.

“The RDN will save $1.27 million and rids itself of a liability,” said Shantz.

“Parksville continues to own the property but dedicates it to use as a curling facility under a long-term basis. This arrangement will require a referendum.”

The club wants the RDN to negotiate with the city and the curling club to determine the most beneficial way to ensure the longterm life of a Parksville curling rink.

Parksville Mayor and director Ed Mayne said that there’s covenant in place that does not allow the city to permit leases well beyond five years. They also are not allowed to sell the land.

Mayne, at the Oceanside Services Committee meeting on Feb. 13, questioned why they should be paying money towards the removal of the curling club facility when there’s no definite plans to do it in 2023. There also have not been any talks yet as to how they are going to replace the building once it’s been demolished. Mayne said he’d rather see the money kept in the city’s coffers instead of the RDN’s.

A motion was passed that budgeting and taxation for the demolition of the arena be delayed until the City of Parksville and the curling club have had an opportunity to comment.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

curlingNanaimo Regional DistrictParksville

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 hasn’t yet caused cancellation of Nanaimo’s Bathtub race or VIEX

Marine festival, agricultural fair organizers taking wait-and-see approach

Nanaimo man arrested after allegedly setting house fire

Firefighters arrived to find mobile home ablaze on Barnes Road in Cedar on Thursday

Column: Good food at farmers’ markets an essential service during pandemic

Local resilience and sustainability are the only lifeline, says columnist

No more ferries will sail from Departure Bay during COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Ferries announces major changes to sailing schedules starting Saturday, April 4

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

Don’t stop going to the doctor, just do it virtually: B.C. association

Doctors encourage patients to access telephone, online visits

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open next week

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Most Read