Recognizing Wasaga’s Rich Past

The Wasaga Beach Historical Advisory Committee has been busy this spring and summer with the installation and unveiling of three signs that recognize historic sites and stories of Wasaga Beach’s past.

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Lindsay Neale, Marilyn Beecroft, Mary Watson and Clair Roberston

On May 15th members of the town’s historical advisory committee, along with the Mayor, councillors and the owners and players at Marlwood Golf and Country Club, unveiled an interpretive sign that outlines the history of the 90-year-old course. The sign includes a story about the course, which goes back to the 1930s when two of the NHL’s Conacher brothers bought property and built a nine-hole course. It also includes several historic photos of the course and clubhouse.

Two more interpretive signs were installed in July: one recognizing the history of Playland Park, and the other focused on motorcycle racing that took place on the beach in the late 1930s. The Motorcycle panel was unveiled along the beachfront and Spruce Street in time for the Town’s Rudge Motorcycle Rally on July 15th.

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“We’re trying to protect the history of Wasaga Beach,” said historical advisory committee member and town archivist Mary Watson. These signs will provide visitors and residents alike with an opportunity to recognize the value of Wasaga Beach’s history and learn about the community’s historical roots.

The purpose of the Wasaga Beach Historical Advisory Committee is to advise and assist Council on matters relating to the recognition and promotion of the Town’s history. Committee members hope to continue working on additional signs for 2017.

 

 

 

 

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