Cobourg community centre fundraising faces major shortfall

By Robert Washburn

The town may be looking to borrow money or use a reserve fund to make up for an approximate $900,000 shortfall in fundraising for the new Cobourg Community Centre in the near future, Deputy Mayor Stan Frost said earlier this week.

With fundraising efforts continuing, the final amount may change, but Frost said the town will need to look at either borrowing the money with a debenture and he is considering using development fees paid by developers, which is suppose to go towards paying for parkland.

“It is fairly complex,” Frost said Monday. “There are legitimate uses of the development charges that are put aside for parks and a portion could go toward this.”

Council’s original plan for the $27 million facility on D’Arcy Street was to raise $3.1 million. A professional fundraiser, The Fundraising Network, was hired for $75,000 to create a plan to reach the goal.

Since then, little information about the total amounts fundraised are made public other than publicity for donors. A donor wall was unveiled on March 25 naming those who gave gifts greater than $2,500.

Frost said the fundraising committee continues to meet every two weeks and, while he did not have recent figures, he said the campaign remains $900,000 short as of two weeks ago when he was given an amount.

“There are still plenty of activities and things are changing constantly,” he said.


One thought on “Cobourg community centre fundraising faces major shortfall

  1. What a surprise. There must be a whole chorus of “I told you so” echoing through town right now. Nothing wrong with building a community centre, but fund raisers were overly optimistic about the kind of donations people are able to make. The various controversies about its use haven’t helped, especially when it just seems like a fancy hockey arena to some of us, and the user fees deter many in the community from being able to participate. The notion that as taxpayers we have to pony up now despite assurances to the contrary is not palatable to those of us who see it as exclusionary for many citizens.

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