Volume 8, Issue 39, December 10, 2015
CURLING CENTER & CROOKED PINT OPEN
With a crowd of over 250 people on Monday, November 30, the Chaska City Council cut the ribbon on opening the Chaska Curling and Event Center. This was an exciting night. Chaska residents got their first opportunity to view the inside of the building, including the curling facility and event center, as well as to try some of the food and beverages at the Crooked Pint Restaurant.
As part of the festivities that night, representatives from the Council, Park Board, Planning Commission, and Crooked Pint were able to toss the ceremonial first stones onto the ice. Attendees were also treated to watch several former Olympic curlers practice on the ice and show some of their unique skills. The evening was a great success and a fun way to kick-start this brand new venue in our downtown area.
The City of Chaska would like to thank everyone who participated over the years in putting this project together to make this dream a reality. Thanks to the Downtown Master Planning Task Force, Park Board, Planning Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission, and Fire Department. The City Council was also able to obtain a significant amount of feedback from numerous residents of the community prior to moving forward on the renovation of Firemen’s Park. Also, a special thank you should go out to the City Staff who were significantly involved in bringing this vision to reality, especially the Chaska Park and Rec Staff led by Tom Redman and Kathy Skinner. They not only oversaw the construction of the facility, but were also able to focus on the operations of the building and help create a successful venue. Thank you too to all the other City Departments involved; Public Works, Water and Sewer, Electric, Engineering, Planning, and Finance.
The Curling Center already includes a full league schedule and curling memberships. Additionally, over 30 events have already been booked for the Event Center, including 20 corporate events in December and January. These corporate events include an agenda of strategic planning in the morning, lunch at noon at Crooked Pint, and team building activities in the afternoon, through a learn to curl program.
As we move into the winter months, work will continue on the park; most notably the installation of the bridge across Clayhole Lake. This will occur during the middle of the winter to take advantage of the ice for easier moving of equipment across the water.
A more formal grand opening ceremony is being planned for the building and entire park development this upcoming spring.
Chaska residents are highly encouraged to come down and check out the Curling Center, Event Center, and Crooked Pint and take a walk around the park and observe the many amenities the site will have to offer.
Questions about this project may be directed to the Chaska City Administrator, Matt Podhradsky, at 952-448-9200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.