FAQ's

HOW IS THE $7 MILLION BEING DISTRIBUTED TO EACH ORGANIZATION?
The Municipality of Trent Hills is seeking $1 million in community contributions for recreation centre re-development. The Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundation is seeking $4 million for quality diagnostic and health care equipment; and the Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation is seeking $2 million to support sustainable community development.

AM I ABLE TO SPECIFY WHICH ORGANIZATION RECEIVES MY DONATION?
Yes, you may designate that your contribution goes to one or more organizations. The pledge form will include a section to complete if you wish to designate your fund.

HOW LONG IS THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN?
The actual fundraising campaign will take two years to complete, although donors may pledge their contribution for up to five years.

WHAT IS AN ENDOWMENT FUND?
An endowment fund is an investment in the community and in the future. Grants are made from the earnings of these funds to seed, nurture and support community initiatives. The Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation's goal is to start Smart and Caring Community Funds in both Warkworth and Hastings. Residents of these communities will now have the same opportunity to contribute or to leave a bequest to their community, which in turn will be disbursed in the form of grants for projects back to their own communities.

WHY IS FUNDRAISING REQUIRED FOR NEW EQUIPMENT AT CAMPBELLFORD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL?
CMH is dedicated to the early detection of cancers through diagnostic methods such as mammograms, colonoscopies, or gastroscopic procedures and to continue to do this we must acquire new equipment. Funds for equipment needs are not provided from government funds, it is the sole responsibility of the hospital to secure these necessary funds from outside sources.

WHEN WILL THE FIELD HOUSE OPEN?
The Field house opened in August 2015. Construction on the Field House, located in Hastings at Fowld's Millennium Park, began in the Fall of 2014. The Municipality hired a Recreation Assistant to work out of the Field House, Kelli Stapley is looking after all the recreation programming for all the facilities in Trent Hills. Click here to follow the Field House on Facebook.

WHEN ARE YOU HOPING TO GET STARTED ON THE RECREATION CENTRE?
This depends almost entirely on the availability of infrastructure funding as almost 2/3 of the funding is proposed to come from upper levels of government.  The municipality will have all of its funding in place (or committed) at the beginning of 2015, but could conceivably start anytime funding is available from the upper levels of government.

HOW CAN WE AFFORD THIS?
Beginning in 2010 an additional $75,000 each year has been collected through a 6-year tax levy plan. In the first year $75,000 was collected, the next year $150,000 and so on. The plan is currently in year six, and the amount collected is $450,000, bringing the sum collected to $2.5 million. Based on a projected cost of $33 million, and the 2/3 funding from upper levels of government, the Municipal share is $11 million.
In addition to the $2.5 million collected through the levy, the Municipality will access $1.5 million from the Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation Municipal Fund. The CSCF has also committed $500,000 from the Community Fund toward the project. 
A fundraising goal of $1 million has be set for the community to raise. This leaves a $5.5 million balance to be funded that would require a mortgage. At the end of the 6 year levy plan, each year there is already $450,000 built into the budget. This would more than fund the loan or debenture at 5% with a loan repayment period of 20 years. A further tax increase would not be required. Current capital cost spending on recreational facilities is $150,000 to $200,00 per year.

Financial Plan Concept for Recreation and Wellness Centre Funding

WILL THE RECREATION CENTRE IN CAMPBELLFORD HAVE A WALKING TRACK?
Yes.  It is our intention to incorporate a walking track with studio space in the middle (fitness programs like yoga, pilates etc.) into the Campbellford facility.

WHY NOT JUST WINTERIZE THE OUTDOOR POOL?
The recreation and wellness centre is much more than a pool.  It has a gymnatorium, walking track, therapeutic pool, kitchen facilities, new arena and studio space for fitness programming.  The current outdoor pool is in a poor location with little parking, would require significant climate control, HVAC upgrades, and would not operate efficiently once enclosed.  This was discussed in the community forum that later became the basis for the feasibility study and the community said clearly that they wanted a facility that provided a broader range of services.

I USED TO BE A COMPETITIVE SWIMMER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING BACK IN THE POOL.
Many others in the community have said the same thing, they look forward to having an aquatics facility that meets their needs.  The pool being proposed is a six lane pool and has the capacity to host smaller, yet still formal, competitions.

WILL THE POOL GET ENOUGH USE?
The pool will serve all kinds of recreation needs.  It will provide swimming lessons, aquafit programs, therapy programs, lane swimming etc.  The municipality understands that recreation facilities often have operating deficits, but as long as they are manageable, these are critical services to provide and like many other municipal services are subsidized by tax dollars.  We will be investigating partnerships (eg. YMCA, schools, Community Living) to maximize the use of the facility and ensure operating losses are minimized.

Operating Projections for new recreation facilities