Pla­cen­tia pool com­mit­tee plays wait­ing game

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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

to

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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.”

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