The Marcucci and Foden families make a major financial gift for a two-seater arena and a library

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The Town of Wasaga Beach is pleased to announce that the Marcucci and Foden families have donated $25,000 to the two-field arena and library fundraising campaign.

“On behalf of the board and staff, I thank these families for this generous donation. This contribution is greatly appreciated and will touch local life for many years to come,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi.

The Library’s Children’s Program Room will be the Sarah Foden and Dora Marcucci Room in recognition of financial support.

Peter Marcucci and his wife, Jody, full-time residents of Wasaga Beach since 2016, said the donation was in memory of their mothers, Dora Marcucci and Sarah Foden.

“They were both doting grandmothers who loved spending time with their grandchildren, cooking, cooking, crafting and reading. We are pleased to honor their memory by making a donation to support the Children’s Program Room,” the couple said.

The families have long-standing ties to the community.

Peter Marcucci said his parents, Dora and Frank Marcucci, started living in cottages in Allenwood Beach in 1971. In partnership with other family members, they owned and operated Bo’s Cottages in Allenwood in the 1970s and 1980. Wasaga has always served as a family gathering place each summer.

Peter Marcucci said his in-laws, Ed and Sarah Foden, retired to Wasaga Beach in 1994. He noted that his stepmother enjoyed using the Wasaga Beach Public Library during her lifetime. Ed and Sarah’s other daughter, Lisa Foden, has lived on the beach since 2012.

Peter said the new two-story arena and library will be a great meeting place for people as our community continues to grow.

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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