Litz family donates $10,000 to two-block arena and library project

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The Town of Wasaga Beach is pleased to announce that Robert and Sandy Litz have donated $10,000 to the town’s two-story arena and library fundraising campaign.

The donation is in memory of their son, Wally, who passed away several years ago.

“Wally was a wonderful son, brother and friend. Our family moved to Wasaga Beach over 30 years ago and although he was new to the community, it didn’t take long for Wally to have many friends in all age groups. Everyone loved Wally. He worked in our family business but his real passion was fishing and hunting with his father. We are happy to contribute to this necessary municipal equipment on his behalf. Wally would be so happy for the joy this facility will bring to all age groups in our community,” the couple said.

In recognition of the family’s donation, the city will name a locker room in honor of Wally Litz.

“It’s especially special to me because Wally was my brother. I loved him very much and miss him. I’m so touched that we can remember him through this project,” Mayor Nina Bifolchi said.

An official presentation of the check involving the family and the members of the municipal council took place at the town hall on Monday, April 25.

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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