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.