An artist’s rendition from 2018 of the outdoor performance theatre, slated for construction at the Parksville Community Park. (Photo courtesy of parksvilleoutdoortheatre.ca)

An artist’s rendition from 2018 of the outdoor performance theatre, slated for construction at the Parksville Community Park. (Photo courtesy of parksvilleoutdoortheatre.ca)

Parksville Beach Festival Society awarded $40,000 for outdoor theatre in community park

Funds come via BC Arts Council grant

Another $40,000 in funding has been awarded in support of the slated-for-construction outdoor performance theatre in Parksville Community Park.

On Thursday, March 11, the Parksville Beach Festival Society received news they were successful recipients of a BC Arts Council grant.

Directors from the society first applied for the funds in fall 2020, and were initially advised they were unsuccessful in January. The directors are now “overjoyed” with the recent positive development.

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Society volunteers have been fundraising for many years in support of the project.

In a release issued by the society on March 16, Cheryl Dill, president of the Parksville Beach Festival Society, said “these fund will help purchase equipment for the theatre that will be needed by various users.”

“This performance theatre is intended to host a wide range of performances – choirs, dance troops, theatre groups, small and large musical and cultural performances. So we want to ensure this facility will enable access for all,” said Dill.

The organization will use the funds to help purchase a sound system, rollout dance floor, housing lighting and choir risers.

The society will continue to raise funds to complete this purchase, given an approximately $17,000 shortfall. To date, significant funds have been raised and grants obtained to meet construction goals. More information about this project can be found at parksvilleoutdoortheatre.ca.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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