Funds closer for pool

Waipa Post - - News -

Just over a year away from open­ing, the Cam­bridge Pool is get­ting close to its $2 mil­lion fundrais­ing tar­get.

There’s been a re­cent boost in fund­ing thanks to a $100,000 do­na­tion from the John and Glenice Gal­lagher Trust and a fur­ther $200,000 from the Grass­roots Trust — a trust that sup­ports com­mu­nity projects.

Mayor Jim Mylchreest says the fi­nal fundrais­ing tar­get is close enough to “sniff” and he was con­fi­dent the fi­nal goal would be met.

“We have had tremen­dous help from the com­mu­nity and that is a re­flec­tion of the enor­mous sup­port for the pool project, not just in Cam­bridge but be­yond, ” he says.

Mean­while, work con­tin­ues at pace at the con­struc­tion site with ex­ca­va­tion nearly com­plete, un­der­ground ser­vices be­ing in­stalled in the com­ing weeks and foun­da­tions laid early next year.

“The com­mu­nity will see steady progress within the next few months with the fa­cil­ity re­ally start­ing to take shape,” says Jim.

“We’re con­fi­dent the de­sign and the ex­tra ser­vices we’ve worked hard to in­clude, like the hy­drother­apy pool and splash pad, will make the wait well worth it.”

With the Cam­bridge Pool now closed for the re­fur­bish­ment, Coun­cil has put on free buses be­tween Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu so Cam­bridge peo­ple can eas­ily ac­cess Te Awa­mutu’s Liv­ing­stone Aquatic Cen­tre over sum­mer.

The free bus runs on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days on the weeks of 17 De­cem­ber, 7 Jan­uary and 14 Jan­uary.

The bus leaves from the Cam­bridge i-Site twice a day (8.30am and 12.30pm) and re­turns from the Te Awa­mutu i-Site at 11.30am and 4.30pm.

If there is de­mand Coun­cil may con­sider ex­tend­ing the bus ser­vice for longer.

■ Dona­tions pre­vi­ously re­ceived for the Cam­bridge Pool in­clude $400,000 from Trust Waikato, $300,000 from the Brian Perry Char­i­ta­ble Trust, $300,000 from the Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion, $80,000 from ASB Bank, $80,000 from CR De­vel­op­ments, $100,000 from Frances Skeet Trust, $15,000 from Shoof In­ter­na­tional Lim­ited, $20,000 from Shaw’s Wire Ropes, $100,000 from Cam­bridge Lions Club and $6000 from lo­cal real es­tate agents Karen Grootscholten and Kelly Grice. APL do­nated $100,000 of in-kind ser­vices and an anony­mous donor dropped off a cheque for $20,000 to the Cam­bridge coun­cil of­fice.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

Earth­works and re­tain­ing work un­der­way at the new Cam­bridge Pool fa­cil­ity which opens in about a year.

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