The Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association has equipment for local groups to rent for community events. — Photo submitted by the PQBTA

Low-cost event equipment on loan for Parksville Qualicum Beach groups

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism hopes kit will help bring sports competitions to the region

Local sports clubs that need tools and equipment to host events in the community can take advantage of a program that the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association has introduced recently.

It’s called the Community Event Equipment Loan Program.

Executive director Blain Sepos said it’s a program the PQBTA has been working on in the last couple of years, accumulating a variety of equipment that includes tents, a portable PA system, generator, tables, chairs, tools, barricades, garbage cans and many more items.

“We want sporting events to come to our community,” said Sepos. “We have a sports tourism strategy that we’re looking to support. Very often the amateur sporting groups don’t necessarily have the resources that they need to be able to host an event. So we put this package together so we can have more of those tournaments and competitions.”

The events kit is reservable on a first-come, first-served basis with notice at least seven days in advance. A nominal administration fee of $25 plus tax will be charged, along with a fully refundable deposit of $500.

“We are just charging an administration fee because we’re not planning to make any money out of this,” said Sepos. “It’s more of a service to the community. A deposit is required because the equipment is quite expensive. So we have to make sure it comes back in good shape and intact.

For now the PQBTA is targeting only sports groups but it will be open to looking at events that have the potential to draw tourists to the Parksville Qualicum Beach region.

“If it’s primarily focused on visitors, that would be something we would consider allowing the kit to go out, as well,” said Sepos.

“At this point, because it’s so brand new, we don’t really know what the demand is going to be like. So for now, we’re making sure it’s focusing on sporting events, because that’s really the target for it.”

The primary contact to rent or reserve the equipment is Karyn Doerksen, the PQBTA sales director. You can contact her at or 250-248-6300, ext. 3.

“She will work with the groups to make sure it’s a good fit, get all the information and provide all the criteria and policies on renting out the equipment,” said Sepos.

Just Posted

Campfire ban coming into effect across West Coast

The Coastal Fire Centre says bans will begin on Wednesday

Award-winning Qualicum Beach choir performs for Lt.-Gov

The Gardens Choir gets visit after winning Lt.-Gov contest for second year

Qualicum Beach Hemsworth Road Trailway Project begins

Trail closed until construction is complete in Septmeber

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Crashes reach ‘all-time high’ across B.C.: ICBC

Auto insurer recorded more than 350,000 crashes n in 2017

Pressure on for ride hailing, bus options in B.C.

Premiers to press Ottawa for help replacing Greyhound service

Usain Bolt to make run at pro soccer in Australia

Olympic sprint great has long expressed his love of the game

Duchess of Sussex wears dress by Calgary’s Nonie to Mandela exhibition

Nonie is believed to be the first Canadian based ready-to-wear designer for the duchess

Amazon’s hopes its Prime Day doesn’t go to the dogs

Shoppers clicking on many Prime Day links after the 3 p.m. ET launch in the U.S. got images of dogs

Trudeau blasts Putin, Russia following Finland summit but stays mum on Trump

Strong words come one day after a controversial summit between Putin and Trump in Finland

Temperature records break across southern B.C. as heat continues

Whistler broke a 70-year-old record high of 32.2 C with a temperature of 32.9 C

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after ‘lava bomb’ injuries

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers.”

Most Read