Location chosen for new arena/library at Wasaga Beach

"Best option to serve the community"

Wasaga Beach councillors have chosen 544 River Road West as the site for a new twin pad arena and library.

It’s the best option to serve the community, they say, putting more services under one roof.

“This is a great day for the people of Wasaga Beach,” Mayor Nina Bifolchi said. “I want to thank our staff for all of the hard work that has gone into reaching this point and commend our residents for sharing their site preferences with us. We are now truly on the path to building two new facilities under one roof that will serve our community for generations.”

The joint-use twin pad arena and library will provide a selection of cost savings: project management for a single project, building duplication efficiencies, operational savings, plus the ability to meet some of the criteria of the Canada Infrastructure Grant Program.

From an operational perspective, a joint-use facility will enable management to share resources: staffing, meeting spaces, and programming. From a user perspective, a joint-use facility will offer residents more services in one location, a positive for families with differing interests.

The new facility will replace the Wasaga Stars Arena, which is near the end of its life as a full-service facility. It was built in 1973. The current library opened in 1994 but is deemed too small by today’s standards.

The purchase of the site still has to be finalized.

It’s hoped the new facility, expected to cost $5.4 million, can be up and operating by late 2022.