Roller skating club opens this spring in Cranbrook – Kimberley Daily Bulletin
Get out your roller skates, Cranbrook, because a new and exciting adventure from a local DJ is on the way. Starting in April, the Cranbrook Curling Center will be transformed into a roller-skating club every Saturday.
Keon Chung, owner of Just Music in Cranbrook, has wanted to pursue this dream for several years. Owning a music store, Chung also DJs for many local and regional events.
Since COVID-19 brought many events to a screeching halt over the past few years, Chung has decided to move forward with Roller Skate Cranbrook and is expected to have the premiere night on April 2, 2022.
“I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now, for several years anyway. I was looking for the right facility, the right time,” Chung said. “Normally this would be something I would do on an ad hoc basis, as a DJ. But with the curling rink having little to no events in the off season, I thought it would be the perfect venue for an event. bi-weekly roller skating evening.
Saturdays from 5 p.m. at 11 p.m. every other week, the curling rink will transform into a disco, an 80s party or another themed skate. Chung says there will be dance party lighting, a concession, and the potential for live bands and DJs.
General admission will be $10 and there will be limited rentals available for $15. According to provincial regulations, Chung says everyone must be double vaccinated and have the QR code vaccine card or government documents to participate.
“I think it will be a fun thing for the community. So far we’ve had a great response on our Facebook group and people seem excited about something new and different,” Chung said.
He adds that the capacity of the curling rink is large, so it will most likely be a walk-in admission style.
“Now that we know what events look like in terms of COVID-19, with vaccinations and vaccine passes, it’s a little easier to plan ahead,” Chung said.
“We are also looking for local sponsors, contractors and volunteers,” adds Chung. “We hope to have sponsorships on several levels. One idea being for a sponsor to cover the admission fee so we can have free entry nights. We are also looking for sponsors for door prizes etc.
“Any local contractors who want to help, we will build ramps and rails, signage… And of course, volunteers. We are looking to get a team of volunteers together, and they can skate for free.
Anyone interested can join the ‘Roller skate Cranbrook’ group on Facebook to follow updates. Chung also suggests that closer people check the event pages for each night and RSVP, so they have a better idea of capacity limits and who will be attending.
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