Deflation on the eve of big winter storm was a challenge

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Hello chatter readers, I’m sure none of you have to guess what the leading story of this edition will be.

A group of volunteers, students and dome staff removed snow from the Cougar Dome recently after a snowstorm.

As I sit here typing we celebrate three days of re-inflation. As most of you are aware last Tuesday in anticipation of the pending storm, and after many discussions with the Farley Group, we made the decision to deflate the Cougar Dome. Although a scary thought, a definite must and a decision we do not regret.


The deflation itself was quite straight forward; we had to clear out, wrap up and start the deliberate deflation process, all of which took less than one hour. From there we merely had to sit and wait the storm out and with those winds and all that snow I can assure you we all sat comfortable knowing we had done the right thing. When the skies finally cleared and the wind was calm we arrived on site to mounds of snow sitting 12-feet high and covering all edges of the dome surface.


I am not going to lie, it was a bit overwhelming at first but it could have been worse, as we rallied the troops and began digging our dome out. It took many laborious hours and many hands, but by 10:30 am. Friday, March 28, we were given the green light to start inflating, and by 4 p.m. our doors were once again open. It is amazing technology.


This is due in very large part to the amazing volunteers we had on site to assist. Although I can’t name them all individually, I would like to acknowledge a few key volunteers. On behalf of the Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence (CSAE) that spearheaded the Cougar Dome project, I thank following people: Truro Tennis Club volunteers, in particular Miriam Kaiser, Shelley and George Flemming; Larry Burt and Sid MacIsaac; local school children, our dedicated Cougar Dome staff; Jeff McCavour and crew; Steven Archibald and Terry Rushton.

In hopes that winter is behind us we are back to business as usual, well, as usual as  business can be when we are still only three months old.


Speaking of business, we have lots in store for the weeks and months ahead. On the golf front ,our open range sessions continue with more to be added as the season draws near. Heather Cameron and Stuart Cox are on the scene offering private lessons, group clinics and classes, which are filling up fast , so don’t miss out.

As far as tennis goes, lessons continue with Tennis Nova Scotia’s  Marijke Nel and due to popular demand, we’ve  added new lessons with our own onsite pro Tim Adham. Of particular interest for those who may not be overly keen on tennis but who looking to get fit, you can try cardio blast. It’s high energy, high intensity and you may have to use a racquet and a ball, but there is no skill required. Having done a trial session all by my lonesome, I can attest to the fact that after a class of two you are going to be fit.


For those who may want to give tennis a try before hitting the courts in the outdoor season, we will be introducing a variety of short four-week sessions for all ages and ability levels, starting in mid-April.

Visit for full details.


You can also expect to see a number of special events including another round of Hoops for Cash, a little ultimate Frisbee action and some recreational soccer, among other things. It’s going to be a busy spring but we are excited about what lies ahead.


Finally, although possibly a bit early, noting the success of our “all sorts of sports plus” March break camp, I am pleased to announce that we will soon be opening registration for the first-ever Cougar Dome summer camps, stay tuned for more information.


Tanya Colburne is the facility director for the Cougar Dome in Truro. Her column will appear monthly in the Truro Daily News and is available on



Organizations: Cougar Dome, Farley Group, Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence CSAE Truro Tennis Club Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Truro

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