By Mick Jensen
A recent donation of $50,000 from Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury has taken Ashburton Rowing Club closer to the finish line with funding needed for a shed expansion project.
The ambitious project will add a mezzanine level to the existing facility at Lake Hood.
The $250,000 project (excluding GST) has already received $100,000 from the Lion Foundation and will be club funded as well.
The project was now just $54,000 shy of what was needed and the latest donation was very welcome, said Ashburton Rowing Club president Justin Wall.
The club had a building consent in with landowner, Ashburton council, and hoped for the green light on that in the near future.
Mr Wall said the project was expected to be a 10 week build and would add an observation room and balcony to the current building and would bring it out an extra 2m at the front.
The mezzanine level would literally add another dimension to the otherwise “big shed” structure and, importantly, would provide a control centre and viewing point for lake racing.
Mr Wall said the club hosted as many as seven regattas each season, including dragon boat racing, and the observation area would be a worthy addition.
A resource consent is also required for the extension.
The Ashburton Rowing Club has used Lake Hood since it was first filled with water in 2002.
Some 45 regular club rowers, from juniors through to masters, train and row at the venue and compete in regattas.
The next scheduled regatta at Lake Hood is in October.