Glide into a New Year: E.C. Gets Its Own Crokicurl Rink
get ready to slide and glide with Pinehurst Park’s new way to play
After Altoona iced up last winter to become the nation’s new epicenter of the growing Canadian sport crokicurl, Eau Claire decided being Kubb Capital of North America wasn’t enough, and it too wanted to try its hand at this unique new wintertime sport. So this winter, Eau Clairians can glide and slide through a crokicurl court of their own at Pinehurst Park.
“We thought, if (Altoona) has one, why not see where we can put one?” said Christine Mohr, facility and program supervisor for Eau Claire Parks, Recreation, and Forestry. “It’s a reason to get people outside and try something new.”
Crokicurl combines the Olympic ice sport of curling with crokinole, a Canadian board game in which players flick small chips toward the highest-ranking region on an octagonal board. Crokicul, however, is played on a large ice rink and substitutes curling stones for small chips.
Crokicurl rocks will be available at the warming shelter at Pinehurst Park (where you can also check out sleds, snowshoes, and kubb sets Pinehurst Park, Eau Claire for free!) from 5-7pm on Thursday nights and 4-7pm on all other weeknights.
Keep up to date with when it reaches completion at facebook.com/cityofecpr. Completion is dependent on the weather, so watch out for particularly chilly days, and hit the rink for some crokicurl fun!