How It Began
The Birth of "The Friendly Rink O' The Border"
The Border Ice Rink was the brainchild of local farmer Willie Wilson. Willie who sadly died in 1998 was a past president of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club and was the main inspiration behind the fund raising to form a company to build the rink we all take today for granted.
The Border Ice Rink was in the planning for a few years and was built and opened on 1st October 1964. The design was based on the Canadian style soft base ice pad (brine pipes bedded in loose gravel), which was effective and economical in construction.
Border's curlers used to travel to Haymarket ice rink in Edinburgh to curl and always dreamed of having their own rink in the Borders. Willie Wilson helped make that dream come true.
Since the rink was opened there has been understandably considerable changes. The main things being:
Replacing the ice pad with a much more economic insulated concrete base to reduce running costs and be more environmentally friendly.
Updating the ice preparation equipment with the use of an Ice King, Nipper and incorporating deionised water to produce a better playing surface
Introduction of a Zamboni ice cutting machine to keep the ice depth down, again this continues the theme of reducing running costs and being more environmentally friendly.
Total upgrade of the kitchen and bar areas.
The board are now embarking on a more demanding project as the aging roof requires replacing and some external walls also need some serious repair
This work never stops and is ongoing...