Pittsburgh Curling Club slides way into Adams Township
Curling, a relatively obscure sport that gains national attention every four years during the Winter Olympics, is coming to Butler County.
The Pittsburgh Curling Club plans to build a $1.2 million curling-only ice rink on a 1.4-acre site on Myoma Road in Adams.
The township's supervisors approved the plan last month.
“It is a great thing. There are a lot of local people involved in curling. It's kind of something unique that I think Adams Township welcomes,” said Gary Peaco, the township's code enforcement officer.
The site is now a vacant lot, Peaco said.
The club's president, Steve Buffington, said construction should start in late spring or early summer and be finished by the end of September.
The land is being donated, said Buffington, who declined to identify the benefactor.
Curlers slide polished granite stones with handles across a sheet of ice toward a target area divided into four rings.
Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding the heavy stones across the ice toward the “house,” a target drawn on the ice.
Two people with brooms clear the ice to make the stone slide better or build up shave to slow it down.
The sport originated in Scotland and is particularly popular in Canada. In the United States, Terry Kolesar, a spokeswoman USA Curling in Stevens Point, Wis., said the sport was most popular in the states that border Canada until recently.
Now, there are clubs in states such as California, Texas and South Carolina.
“Curling has become more popular since the 2002 Olympics, when it was on television a lot,” Kolesar said.
In the 10 years since the local club was founded, the sport has taken off in the Pittsburgh area, Buffington said.
The club has 81 members who range in age from 16 to 76, Buffington said.
Currently, they practice and play at the Island Sports Center on Neville Island .
Because that facility is heavily used, the club plays from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturdays.
In July, 48 teams from the United States and Canada will play in a bonspiel, or tournament, at the Neville Island facility.
The bonspiel will be held in Adams in succeeding years, Buffington said.
The club eventually would like to run interscholastic and high school curling leagues at the new rink, he said.
Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Butler Junior High teacher’s hands-on approach keeps students interested, engaged
- Harmony’s Harmony Inn restaurant opens after numerous delays
- Technology takes hassle out of Mars Area’s school forms
- Moraine State Park tagging event nets only one butterfly
- Lack of funds halts Park Place expansion in Cranberry
- Butler Township OKs gas-drilling plan
- Evans City aims to knock out bullying