All the world’s a stage and now thanks to Kal Tire, a unique outdoor theatre in Southern BC has a new roof.
Valued at approximately $21,000, Kal Tire supplied and funded materials for a new recycled tire roof that is now being used on a horse barn at Caravan Farm Theatre.
The roof is a project of the Kal’s RePlay Fund, which supports Canadian charities and non-profit organizations in covering the cost of recycled rubber products, such as playground surfaces, flooring, and roofing.
Kal’s RePlay Fund supports local community development and stimulates demand for recycled products made of scrap tires while leaving a lasting legacy in the communities where we do business, says Kal Tire President Rob Foord.
Designed to appear like slate tiles, the recycled tire roof also gives Caravan the opportunity to discuss the importance of recycled and sustainable building materials, says Caravan artistic director Estelle Shook.
Operating on an 80-acre property in the township of Spallumcheen, 11 kilometres northwest of Armstrong in the North Okanagan, Caravan Farm Theatre is known internationally for its uniquely Canadian outdoor theatre productions.
The theatre often uses draft horses such as Clydesdales to transport patrons for its annual and often sold-out sleigh-ride shows in winter and also to move set pieces or be used as “actors” in the theatre’s summer productions.
A community effort that included a team of supporters and local businesses such as Kal Tire, the new decagonal barn has been designed to allow audiences the opportunity to get closer to Caravan’s celebrated horses.
The barn fits nine teams and offers an audience-access viewing stall as well as a tackroom and a gathering space/performance stage in the very middle, with a walkway around the centre that takes visitors past all of the horses’ heads.
A grand opening celebration, Dec. 10, allowed the public and supporters to see the new barn in all its glory. Kal Tire Team members attended the ceremony, where a sign was installed to raise awareness about tire recycling.
Besides Caravan Farm Theatre, Kal’s RePlay Fund has been used to fund the new recycled rubber floor at the Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon as well as six playground surfaces made of recycled tires.