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29 March 2018
Cambridge pool has had a massive boost in funding with donations reaching $1.395 million – just $605,000 shy of the target.
Donations received since June last year include $300,000 from the Lotteries Commission, $80,000 from ASB Bank, $60,000 from CR Developments, $100,000 from Frances Skeet Trust, $15,000 from Shoof International Limited, $20,000 from Shaw’s Wire ropes. An anonymous donor also dropped off a cheque for $20,000 to the Cambridge council office.
Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest said local support for the project has been fantastic.
“Local businesses and families have put their hand up to be part of this community asset and deliver something truly amazing to the local community. We’re also incredibly thankful to the charitable trusts who have made significant donations and we have a few more to hear from in the coming months.”
As well as monetary donations, in-kind services have been offered that will also boost the project and keep costs down.
“CR Developments have generously offered to do all earthworks on site. This is an incredibly generous gesture that will have a huge impact on the success of this project and benefit to the community.”
Donations towards the pool have also been received from the Brian Perry Charitable Trust ($300,000), Trust Waikato ($400,000) and Cambridge Lions Club ($100,000).
As part of pool redevelopment, Council is also upgrading Williamson Street to accommodate traffic, pedestrians, mobility scooters and cyclists. Plans include new planting, car parking, upgrading the footpaths, three raised pedestrian ramps and a bus stop.
“With all this planned work in the area we also thought it was a good time to upgrade the water, wastewater and stormwater services.”
Service upgrades for the work on the water, wastewater and stormwater services are out for tender with work planned to start in May. Major construction will begin in June.
“The pool project has been a long time coming for the Cambridge community and we’re excited to begin work and show some physical progress of the pool build.”
In June 2017, Council confirmed it would go ahead with the $16.6 million project with major construction beginning in June 2018. The complex will include an upgrade of the existing outdoor pool, a new 10-lane indoor pool and learner’s pool, a hydrotherapy pool, spa and sauna and a children’s splash pad. There will be increased seating and a community room as well as car-parking and landscaping.
The complex is closed until the new facility opens at the end of 2019.
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