The Town of Wasaga Beach is pleased to announce that Beach Builders Home Hardware has donated $35,000 to the town’s two-story arena and library fundraising campaign.
“On behalf of council, I thank Beach Builders Home Hardware for their continued support of our community and in particular the two-story arena and library project. This very generous donation is greatly appreciated,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi.
In recognition of the company’s contribution, a locker room in the new building will be named after Beach Builders Home Hardware, as will the facility’s accessible elevator.
Todd Young, speaking on behalf of his business partner Jamie Vanderburg, said the two families have deep ties to the community, especially when it comes to recreation. As a result, he said, they are proud to be part of the two-block arena and library project.
“Our fathers were part of the group of community leaders who raised awareness and funds for the Wasaga Stars Arena (in the early 1970s),” Young said. “They worked together as part of the base committee to bring the rink and minor hockey to the beach.
Young noted that he and Vanderburg grew up playing minor hockey here in the 1970s and 1980s.
“Our wives loved figure skating (here) and the same people who taught us all how to skate in turn taught our sons how to skate at the Wasaga Stars,” Young said, adding that their families celebrated many celebrations. at the arena, including dances. and fundraising events.
As community leaders, the families advocated for a new facility to meet the needs of a growing community.
“Our families have been invested in the growth and development of the community we have called home since the 1960s. As business owners and community-minded leaders, we want to give back to the community that has helped build growth and support of our family business for over 50 years. We want to grow together and ensure that the building blocks are in place for all ages. Organized sports and access to a community library are essential to the support, growth and development of seniors, youth and families,” said Young.
Learn more about donation opportunities for the Two Skate Arena and Library Project by visiting our website.
General project information
In January 2019, City Council identified the twin arena and library project as a priority for this term. The Wasaga Stars Arena, built nearly 50 years ago, is nearing the end of its life. The library, which opened in 1994, is too small to meet the needs of our growing community. A review, including a community consultation process, determined 544 River Rd. W. as the best site for a new 117,669 square foot joint-use facility. When the new complex opens in the summer of 2023, it will include two NHL-sized ice rinks, an indoor walking track, a modern library with appropriate program space, and meeting rooms. The city is funding the $59 million investment through reserves, long-term funding and community donations.