The Anstey family contributes to the two-block arena and library project


The Town of Wasaga Beach is pleased to announce that the Anstey family has donated $10,000 to the two-court arena and library fundraising campaign.

“We are grateful for this very generous contribution from a family that has a deep historical connection to recreation in our community,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi.

The donation is in memory of Doug Anstey, an early partner who built Wasaga Stars Arena in the early 1970s. Privately built, the city purchased the facility in 1977. Learn about the history of the Wasaga Stars Arena.

In recognition of the family’s donation to the new arena and library, the city will name a locker room for Anstey, a well-known local plumber and realtor and former city councilor from 1981 to 1985, who deceased in 2006.

“The construction of the current arena in the 1970s allowed Doug’s children and grandchildren to participate in minor hockey and figure skating in our own local arena. We look forward to Doug’s great-grandchildren having the same opportunity in the new two-paddle arena in our growing city,” the family said in a statement. “We have kept Doug’s memory alive through Wasaga Beach Minor Hockey with the ‘Doug Anstey Most Dedicated Player Award’ and we are pleased to make this donation in his name as we know he would be honored to be a part of it. of the next generation to skate at Wasaga Beach.

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.


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