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FIND YOUR PLACE

WITH RECREATION THIS WINTER
With winter upon us, it's time to sit back next to the fireplace with a
cup of hot cocoa and a good book. It's also a great time to explore
some of the fantastic winter recreation programs available to us in
Fort Collins at the Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC). EPIC, the region's
premier ice and aquatics facility, welcomes more than one million
visitors per year, and just celebrated its 33rd birthday. Ice skating
has been a popular winter sport around Fort Collins for more than a
century. Over the years, local ice-skating locations included Sheldon
Lake at City Park. Since 1986, EPIC has been home to the Colorado
State University Hockey and Water Polo Teams, many youth hockey
programs, the Fort Collins Figure Skating Club, and many more.
Last winter, my wife Kelly and I wanted to learn more about a
popular Olympic sport that has always piqued our interest: curling.
So, we joined the Sunday morning league at EPIC.
The earliest historical evidence of curling comes from Scotland in the
1500s. Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of
ice towards a series of targets called the "house" on the other end
of the ice. Two teams, with four players each, take turns throwing
the rocks while their teammates "sweep" the ice with brooms, which
decreases friction so that the stones go further and straighter.
The Poudre Valley Curling Club, founded in 2015, hosts leagues,
tournaments, and educational events at EPIC. To learn the basics of
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the game, join us on select Sunday mornings for an open session. All
you need are rubber-soled shoes to grip the ice, and warm, loosefitting clothes to keep you warm and allow for flexibility. Bring a bike
or skate helmet for safety, especially for younger curlers. To join the
Sunday morning league see page 68. No experience is necessary!
In addition to the wide array of programs offered at EPIC, Fort Collins
is home to a host of world-class recreational opportunities. Thanks
in part to our strong community partnerships with local groups
including the Poudre Valley Curling Club, Fort Collins Skating Club,
and Northern Colorado Youth Hockey, we are here to support your
recreational goals and wishes.
I hope you'll take some time this winter to check out a new sport or
recreation program from the City of Fort Collins. Whether it's skating,
swimming, hockey, or curling, there's a place for you in Recreation.
For more information on programs and schedules,
visit fcgov.com/recreation. We hope to see you soon.
Sam Houghteling
Member, Parks & Recreation Board


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