The highly anticipated grand opening of the Parksville Outdoor Theater took place on Friday, July 22 at the Parksville Community Park.
Hundreds of residents and visitors brought lawn chairs and settled in for the evening to kick off the Parksville Beach Festival summer concert series. The evening began with a performance by the Salish shxw’aluqwa’ (Salish Sisters), traditional singers of the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation, followed by speeches and the official handover on behalf of the city at Parksville Beach Festival Society.
“We are so proud of this beautiful new performance theater nestled in the crown jewel of Parksville, our community park,” said Society President Cheryl Dill. “This represents many years of volunteerism and collaboration and promises a tremendous opportunity for community engagement and economic development.”
The theater includes an accessible covered stage, dressing rooms, restrooms, storage space, lighting, acoustic treatments, an access ramp and a dance area.
“The Parksville Outdoor Theater, an exciting new addition to the city, will create a sense of community and enhance the quality of performance-related events,” said Mayor Ed Mayne. “Bringing exciting new cultural events to Parksville for residents and visitors. We are grateful for the significant support from the provincial and federal governments, the Island Coastal Economic Trust and the Parksville Beach Festival Society.
In 2018, the Parksville Beach Festival Society approached the council with the concept of building an outdoor theater in the community park. This new facility will provide a formal entertainment space, support the festival’s five-week international sand sculpture exhibit and concerts in the park, as well as other community activities and events.
In 2020, the city received $1,263,521 in funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream, for the improvement of public spaces in the community park.
“Arts and cultural events help connect our residents and breathe life and vitality into communities,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, on behalf of by Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. , infrastructure and communities. “By investing in cultural spaces like the Parksville Outdoor Theatre, we’re giving residents a place to attend plays, concerts and a variety of activities, and we’re building a more inclusive community.
The community park improvement project also received $204,000 in funding from the Island Coastal Economic Trust and received financial support from the city and beach fest society.
“The trust has committed to this strategic investment as the lead funder,” said Aaron Stone, Island Coastal Economic Trust. “It is a key role that we are honored to take on today: to serve as a catalyst for vital investment and economic development in exciting projects like this across the coast. »
— NEWS staff, submitted
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