J. Donato Construction donates $10,000 to two-story arena and library project

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The Town of Wasaga Beach is pleased to announce that J. Donato Construction Ltd. donated $10,000 to the city’s two-story arena and library fundraising campaign.

“My family and I moved to Wasaga Beach in 1985 because it’s a great place to raise a family and run a business,” said company president Joe Donato. “The community has always supported my businesses: the Donato House hotel, my family’s restaurant and, of course, J. Donato Construction Ltd. Our donation is a small way to give back to the community that has given us so much.

Donato said the new arena and library complex will serve a valuable purpose.

“The new facility will provide residents of all ages with a space to play, learn, socialize and improve their health and well-being,” he said. “It will become the center of entertainment and community that our city deserves.”

Mr. Donato added that he looks forward to seeing residents enjoy the new state-of-the-art building.

“My wife Antonietta and I are excited about this new facility and all it has to offer,” he said, adding his family have fond memories of Wasaga Stars Arena. “The Donato family has practically lived in the arena since my children learned to skate. My grandson Michael played on the Wasaga Stars hockey team for over 10 years, so you’ve probably seen me and my family in the stands cheering.

Speaking on behalf of council, Mayor Nina Bifolchi thanked Mr. Donato for his generous contribution to the twin arena and library project.

“This donation is greatly appreciated and will help provide a facility that has a real positive impact on Wasaga Beach residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bifolchi.

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.

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