Funding issues force tourist destination to shut

Hamilton's local sculpture park will close at the end of the month.

The Waikato Sculpture Trust has been unable to raise sufficient funds to continue to keep the Sculpture Park @ Waitakaruru Arboretum open daily. Despite the efforts of the trustees and a staunch band of volunteers, the current financial climate means an additional $75,000 needed each year could not be sourced.

The Park will remain open until the end of June. After then, it will be open by appointment only and to annual pass holders.

Trust chair Kate Wilson announced it was with considerable regret that trustees decided to close the Sculpture park until we can secure sustainable funding an secured. "Personally I am gutted. Fortunately we have volunteers who will maintain the park grounds. This means that annual pass holders can access the park and, if funding eventuates, we can quickly open and fulfil its purpose.

"I encourage anyone interested in supporting this project to preferably visit the park this month and see our website"

- Hamilton News

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