Champs Fresh Farms from Aldergrove is donating $ 100,000 to build an amphitheater at Salishan Place by the River – the new arts, culture and heritage center currently under construction in Fort Langley.
Their sponsorship was announced Wednesday, November 17.
The open-air outdoor amphitheater will be an eight-level (grass-covered) auditorium on the southern slope of the new facility.
The township’s arts and culture department plans to liven up the new venue with regular concerts and activities, much like the amphitheater in Willoughby Community Park. Willoughby’s venue hosts the annual series of summer festivals (suspended in 2020 but restarting in 2022).
In addition, the township expects the amphitheater to be used as one of the stages for local festivals that are held regularly in Fort Langley.
Mike Pimlott, Managing Director of Champs Fresh Farms, said the company was “honored to be a Langley Township Business Partner and to sponsor the Salishan Place by the River Amphitheater.
“This impressive location will allow the community to experience the arts near their home and bring tourists to our brilliant city,” added Pimlott.
Mayor Jack Froese predicted that the amphitheater “will be a great community gathering place where arts and culture thrive and citizens can enjoy themselves.”
The center is developed by the township in partnership with the Kwantlen First Nation. The 39,000 square foot riverside Salishan Square will house the township community museum and archives, as well as a new Aboriginal museum.
Although construction of the amphitheater is slated for summer 2022, it will likely not be available for concerts and other uses until the grass has grown enough to accommodate the audience.
Staff expect it to be operational by May 2023.
Additional corporate and community sponsors are sought to help complement some of the centre’s interior spaces, including the presentation theater, archives, art gallery and future exhibitions.
Those interested can contact the Township’s Arts, Culture and Community Initiatives Department at [email protected] or by calling 604-533-6106.
Fields of the Moulin du Sud is a leading producer, grower and supplier of vertically integrated compost for fresh North American-grown mushrooms and functional mushroom foods.
It was formed in late 2017 after the merger of South Mill of Pennsylvania and Champs Mushrooms of British Columbia.
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