Chelsea curlers forced to Ottawa are one step closer to a local club

The Quebec government has announced $1.9 million in funding for a new club for Chelsea's Curling des Collines.

Quebec government announces $1.9M in funding for Curling des Collines

The Quebec government has offered $1.9 million to build a curling club in Chelsea, Que. — the first curling club in the Outaouais town. (CBC)

A Chelsea curling club that's been forced to throw draws and takeouts in Ottawa is one step closer to having a rink of its own.

On Saturday, the Quebec government announced $1.9 million in funding for the Club de Curling des Collines.

"There are no facilities in the area for curlers. And Curling des Collines has been working on this project for the past five years," said Gatineau MNA Stéphanie Vallée.

"Hopefully this will permit other people ... to join in and practice the sport."

The proposed design for the Club de Curling des Collines, which received $1.9 million in funding Saturday afternoon. (CBC)

The members of Curling des Collines — which has been around since 2005 and was previously known as La Pêche Curling — have been playing their games at the RCMP Curling Club on St. Laurent Boulevard because there's no local facility.

The discussions to build a club closer to home ramped up two years ago, when Curling des Collines approached the local council for support, said Chelsea Mayor Caryl Green Saturday afternoon.

She said the proposed club would be "an important meeting place" for local residents and expected it would be open by mid-2017.

"This dream can now become a reality," Green said.