Cougar Dome officials seek donation from Colchester County

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO – With $450,000 still to be raised for the construction of the Cougar Dome, officials are requesting a donation from the County of Colchester to help with the cause.

Cougar Dome officials Tanya Colburne, at left, and Ron Chisholm are seen making a presentation to Colchester County Council Wednesday night during which they requested a financial donation from the municipality. HARRY SULLIVAN – TRURO DAILY NEWS

Facility director Tanya Colburne told council Wednesday night that the facility has “a very solid business plan” in place to deal with operating costs and that the dome was constructed on time and on budget.

But given that only $1.75 million of the dome’s $2.2 million construction cost has been raised to date, officials are seeking help to complete the fundraising efforts.

“We’re very happy with those numbers but still have some work to do,” Colburne said.

Ron Chisholm of the Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence, told council the facility is intended to provide a site for children within Colchester County and beyond, to be active and to hone their athletic skills.

And while officials are not in a position where they need somebody “to throw us a life preserver,” bills related to the construction process do need to be paid and to that end, he said, “I guess we are looking for a donation. I’ll leave it up to the county to determine what would be appropriate.”

Council referred the matter to a future committee meeting for deliberation.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

 

Organizations: Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence

Geographic location: Colchester County

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  • Stephen Avrington
    February 28, 2014 - 06:43

    If you don't have the money, don't build it and most certainly don't rely on the TAX PAYER for a "Donation". That is OUR ever increasing tax dollars. Just like the other perpetual deficit embracing Government "make work" projects, build it and rely on the hard working tax payer to continually finance the defunct entity that either would have gone out of business or would never had been built in the first place. Not one cent of our tax dollars should be given toward their frivolous spending.... They want money, tell them to go to a bloody bank and borrow it...like everybody else!

    • Tanya Colburne
      March 03, 2014 - 13:47

      Mr. Arlington, In response to your comments regarding our request to County Council for a possible donation, I wish to clarify a few things… Unlike most community projects, The Cougar Dome was built on time and on budget. The primary purpose behind this not-for-profit charity organization is to provide free access to all 22,000 students within the Chignecto Central Regional School Board, as well as l'École acadienne de Truro, between the hours of 9:00am-3:00pm. During this time, students will be introduced to skills they can use for the rest of their lives to ensure they remain physically active and fit. Colchester County is said to have the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the Country. Noting this, the Cougar Dome is a much needed gift. That said, to aid in the funding of this facility, a private family donated over $500,000 of the $2.2M cost. In addition, private donors and local families, a number of corporate sponsors, as well as Tennis Canada/Tennis NS, ACOA, the Province of NS and the Town of Truro have all made one-time contributions as well. The total amount raised to date is slightly over $1.75M. To cover the remaining cost, as you recommend, The Cougar Dome has had to borrow money from the bank. The Cougar Dome will be able to run its daily operations without assistance from the tax payer, however, it would be much easier to do so, if we are able to eliminate the final debt associated with our build. The County has been asked, like all others listed above, to become a part of this “gift to the community,” through a one-time donation. In light of the benefit The Cougar Dome brings to so many in our area, students and members of the general public alike, it appears to be a project worth supporting. Yours truly, Tanya Colburne Facility Director The Cougar Dome