The KidSport Marketplace is making a move outdoors and teaming up with Kootenay Savings Credit Union’s Movie Night to showcase Greater Trail’s ample recreational and cultural opportunities while pitching in for a good cause.
The Sports and Cultural Marketplace was traditionally held indoors at the Cominco Arena, but will get up and go to Haley Park on Friday as a warmup to Kootenay Savings’ outdoor movie “Finding Dory.”
“We’ve taken another way to do the marketplace besides at the arena,” said KidSport’s Betty Anne Marino. “While it was good, it just didn’t catch on like we were hoping it would. At the Kootenay Savings Movie Night, we’re hoping people will see it and say, ‘Wow, look what’s going on in our area.’”
The partnership is nothing new, as Kootnenay Savings is one of the founding partners in KidSport and has been an integral part in sport and recreation in the Kootenays for many years.
“Our movie night is the exact sort of crowd that we are looking to have at the KidSport Marketplace and Haley Park is big and has lots of space so why don’t we think about teaming up,” said KSCU community liaison Aaron Burke. “Plus most of those community groups that are there, we sponsor or support too so it’s a really nice community tie in there for us as well. We’ve kind of wanted to make our movie night more than just a movie night so it’s more like a family night at the park.”
The KidSport Marketplace will highlight 27 different sports, recreational groups, and businesses in the area as well as Greater Trail’s cultural facilities from Red Mountain to the Charles Bailey Theatre. The Marketplace will provide information about the Kootenays’ ample resources, while also giving residents an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities.
“One of the things we are encouraging the vendor to do is to make available your registration information and promote your activities,” said Marino. “Even if it’s for example, Trail Baseball, even though they don’t start until the spring, they get to promote what their group is and what they do … It’s not just for fall registration, it’s for year round promotion of what their activities are.”
For younger members of the community, a Kids’ Zone will also be in full swing, and an outdoor photo booth. Career Development Services will run the concession and the Royal Theatre will be on hand serving up popcorn.
“We’re looking to have more of an outdoor festival vibe to it more than just a show up and watch the movie on the big screen,” says Burke.
A 30-foot-inflatable screen and state-of-the-art sound system provides the foundation for the outdoor screening of the popular film and Burke and Marino look forward to a good turn out.
“For KidSport our mantra is ‘So all kids can play,’ and for the marketplace I want to distinguish, it’s about activities for all ages of people in our community, not just for kids,” says Marino. “We have such a rich life in our area, there’s so much opportunity, this is a way to see it all in one place.”
The KidSport Marketplace will also hold a raffle for Whitecaps tickets and accomodations at the Best Western Chateau Granville in downtown Vancouver.
Admission to the movie is a non-perishable food item that goes to the Salvation Army. Last year about 2,000 movie goers showed up for the outdoor event and donated over $7,000 in non-perishable food.
“We had to go from a pickup truck with a canopy to OK Tire donating a moving truck so we could transport all the food,” added Burke.
The KidSport’s Marketplace starts at 5:30 p.m. with the movie scheduled for 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and canned goods to help out a very good cause.
“The “Finding Dory” movie is going to be fabulous for families,” said Marino. “It’s just a great night, and a perfect time to partner all those activities together for families to come out and see what’s going on.”
Thanks to its partners and donors, KidSport Trail has supported 341 kids and committed over $46,000 to help young people participate in sport and recreation in Greater Trail.