HUNTSVILLE – Huntsville is looking to ramp up its competitive edge by installing a pool slide similar to a Bracebridge attraction.
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Coun. Tim Withey, left, chair of the town’s community services committee, Rotarian Debbie Knobelsdorf, resident Bill Moir and Kari Lambe, executive director of community services, celebrate Moir’s and the Rotary Club of Huntsville’s donations to a new pool slide reserve during a meeting on Nov. 28.
Kari Lambe, executive director of community services and economic development for the Town of Huntsville, presented a report to committee members on Nov. 28 recommending the creation of a reserve fund for a pool slide after two donors made significant contributions toward the project.
“This is something our aquatics department has wanted to do for quite a while, but due to budgets and funding it was just not possible,” said Lambe.
But Huntsville resident Bill Moir and Rotary Club of Huntsville president-elect Debbie Knobelsdorf changed that. Knobelsdorf, on behalf of the Rotary club, and Moir were honoured with certificates of recognition during the meeting for making donations toward a slide.
The slide is expected to cost $5,264.67.
Moir had approached the town about making a donation to purchase recreation equipment that would benefit children in the community.
According to Lambe’s report, Moir donated $1,000 toward the slide once he heard of the project.
“The reason for the slide is it does add an additional element of fun to that facility,” said Lambe. She explained that the town loses a significant amount of business to the Bracebridge pool because that facility has a water park-style slide.
“In the Port Sydney area, especially, when they have a choice to turn left or right on the highway when they go swimming, many are turning left because of the amenities that are available at the Bracebridge complex,” she said. “The slide is a big one.”
Mayor Claude Doughty commented that when Huntsville’s pool was built in the 1980s, a slide was hotly debated then shot down.
“There was an extensive debate on the slide,” said Doughty. “But we were coming from a place where we were discussing why we needed a pool when we had lakes and rivers, so we didn’t win the slide debate.”
He then confirmed that about $2,500 was still needed before the slide could be installed. He then asked how quickly the slide could be ordered and staff stated it could be done almost immediately if it got the funding.
Doughty, after a bit of contemplation, quipped that “maybe Santa will show up.”
Committee approved the creation of a pool slide reserve that will hold the donations.