Good things come to those who wait – just ask the team developing a new indoor curling rink at Alexandra’s IceInLine facility.
Covid-19 meant those working on the project had to down tools temporarily, but they are now back on site doing everything they could to make up for lost time.
Project manager Robert Kvick, who is on the development committee, has spent the past couple of weeks preparing the ground and insulating pipes.
Curling stones ordered from Scotland arrived during the last week of Alert Level 4.
Equipment including a groomer, pipe work and electronics to control the rink has yet to arrive from Canada.
Technicians, based overseas, were also meant to install some of the equipment, but were not able to make the trip because of border closures, Mr Kvick said.
‘‘We are treading water all the way.
‘‘It should have been up and running by now — that was the intention,’’ he said.
The new rink, which will be covered and for curling only, is expected to cost about $500,000 once completed, which comprises the cost of all the equipment.
The World Curling Federation has agreed to help fund the project with an interest-free loan of $100,000, provided the new lanes are used for curling only. IceInLine’s existing rink, which is available to curlers and iceskaters, has not yet opened for the season.