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Wellesley receives $1M donation for new rec. centre

From Bill Gies, who was born and raised in St. Clements

The capital campaign to help fund Wellesley Township's new 62,000 square foot recreation centre is off to a good start.

Just this week, the campaign received a $1 million donation from Bill Gies.

The 90-year-old was born and raised on a farm in St. Clements. He then became a home builder in 1954.

"My heart has been in Wellesley Township for quite a while," he said in a news release. "This was a chance for me to say 'Thank-you Wellesley'; and donate to the capital campaign."

Once it's built, the building which will form part of the new recreation centre, will be known as the Bill Gies Recreation Centre.

The goal of the capital campaign, which was launched in February, is to raise $2.5 million.

The facility will include a single ice pad, a walking track, two soccer fields, a gymnasium/community centre, plus a skateboard park.

It's slated to open in the fall of 2023.

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