I was driving around Exhibition with the boys on Wednesday before the roundtable on the Saskatoon Afternoon Show and we came across this.
It had a large boarded up entrance on the west side of the building so I knew it had to be a rink. Â I didnâ€™t think it was a hockey rink as the Exhibition Arena (which used to serve hot Dr. Pepper) was only a couple of block away yet I had never heard of it before. Â Neither had Wikimapia or Wikipedia.
It looks like from the fence that it is connected to the Seventh Day Adventist warehouse and school right next to it but I wasnâ€™t sure. Â I tweeted about it and Ward 7 Councillor Mairin Loewen offered up that it was indeed a curling rink (I had also found mentioned of the Exhibition Curling Rink in the provincial archives but no exterior photos) and that it had been used by the Adventists for revival services decades ago. Â That was consistent with what some thought it was a church.
Of course the other option is that Councillor Loewen was wrong and that it was a remnant of the camp that the Seventh Day Adventists had on the site years ago before the city had grown out there. Â That being said, the Exhibition Arena was never a curling club (it was hockey and rodeo which is why the places smelled like sweaty teens and cow manure) and there are references to the Exhibition Curling Rink in provincial and city archives.
I was by the building again today and it isnâ€™t in great condition but not horrible shape either. Â The walls are straight and there isnâ€™t any buckling of the roof but it definitely hasnâ€™t seen any signs of life in a long time. Â It would be a great location for a lot of things but I never saw any For Sale signs so itâ€™s not on the market.
If you have any info on the building, let me know in the comments.