Placentia pool committee plays waiting game
While they wait for the announcement of any possible funding, the Placentia Lions Club Pool Committee is not resting on its laurels.
The group continues to work the phone lines and speak with any number of politicians and aspiring politicians as they can.
“Sometimes we’ve talked to politicians who are going to no longer be politicians to try and get in,” pool fundraising committee member Gerry Hynes.
“We haven’t been lucky yet, but there’s always hope. That’s why we’re waiting to see if funding can be had this year.”
Despite a Progressive Conservative government that has publically pledged to tighten the purse strings leading up to the election, the pool committee remains resolute that something could happen this year.
“All we can focus on is the cash equivalent that needs to go in,” said pool committee member Don Horlick.
“We’re speaking to politicians sometimes on a weekly basis, and trying to state our case, restate our case and trying to make sure that we’re top of their mind.”
The pool will be designed as a regional facility. To that end, the group has support from a number of local communities that will look to avail of the services of the planned year-round facility.
“We’re on their radar too that this would be a big asset to the region,” said Hynes.
The designs, town agreements and building agreements are all in place.
“All of the upfront work done,” said Horlick.
“We’re just waiting
see where our funding is going to come from.”
While they wait for a commitment, they are continuing with fundraising efforts.
The fundraising committee set themselves a reasonable goal when it came to the pool money. They were looking to garner support to the tune of $500,000 and to date, they’re getting rather close to accomplishing that. The Lions Club has raised some $350,000 for the pool alone. This has been accomplisted through monthly 50-50 ticket draws and other fundraising events.
“We have some small, medium and large groups that do events that help raise money,” said Hynes. “We’ve also had some substantial donations.”
He points to many of the large companies in the area that have helped fund the project.
Places like the Freshwater Community Centre, Vale and other local businesses have all chipped in. The town council is also onboard with the project.
“Overall, we’re pleased,” said Hynes. “Obviously, the government portion is something we have no control over.”
The group plans on building the new pool adjacent to the PARC Unity Arena in Placentia.
The arena would then become a full-on recreation centre capable of catering to a number of events and activities.
The ‘ warm room’ will be designed to look out over both the pool and rink.
The work on that has already been completed as a 50-50 project between the town and the Lions Club.
Work first started on the project in 2009, and since then, the group has gone through a couple of designs and completed a business plan.
“The idea is that when government comes and says money is in place, we aren’t scrambling to raise money,” said Hynes.
“We’ll have our money in place or be able to show that we can have it in place within a reasonable time.”