The first year was great and anticipation is that year No. 2 will be even better!
Troyer Town at Evergreen Park returns for a second season starting Saturday, Nov. 1 and those who visited last year will notice some changes this year.
One change is the price. This year it has been lowered from $10 to $8 per child and a family package has also been added - $20 for three or more from the same family. There is no charge for adults or anyone not using the bouncy castles.
“Evergreen Park is able to make changes because the Park has taken over 100 per cent of the operation of Troyer Town,” said Evergreen Park Marketing & Sponsorship Manager Don Moon.
Last year it was operated by In The Zone Party Rentals. They rented the space under the grandstand at Gordon Badger Stadium and managed Troyer Town.
“In The Zone did a great job of getting Troyer Town going, but it was a lot of work for a small company with a limited number of employees ,” said Moon. “We had a discussion with In The Zone and made a deal that they would supply the bouncy castles and games for Troyer Town and the Park would manage it.
“It’s a win-win situation. In The Zone gets to rent out four bouncy castles for four months and the Park is able to put its spin on how Troyer Town is managed. We are still going to operate it like a business, but we are able to throw a lot more resources at it and do some things that In The Zone couldn’t.”
Troyer Town will be co-managed by the Grande Prairie Army Cadets, who will be supplying the manpower to run the facility.
“We were looking for a responsible and dedicated non-profit group to look after Troyer Town and we found one in the Army Cadets,” said Moon. “They have taken ownership of Troyer Town for this season and we know they will do a great job.
“They are going to ensure the bouncy castles are wiped down each day and disinfected and that the facility is kept spotless. This is a big fund-raiser for them and Evergreen Park is delighted we are able to help them out.”
Another change is operational hours. Last year it was open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and not available on other days.
This year Troyer Town will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays and also Thursday and Fridays for special bookings.
“We are going to start with special bookings Thursday and Friday and if there is a demand add some other days,” said Moon.
A “special booking” means rental of the entire Troyer Town facility for a private function whether it be a birthday party, Christmas party or some other event.
The corporate rate is $250 per hour and includes a minimum three staff members while moms and dads or others can book the facility for $100 per hour for parties for their child monitored by one staff member with the castle monitoring being the rentor’s responsibility. The hourly rate accomodates up to 10 children with an additional $5 for each extra child.
“We can also accommodate large groups from schools or sports organizations and will negotiate a special rate for them depending on how many children are coming,” said Moon.
Two things that remain the same are the public hours birthday parties Saturday and Sunday and age limits.
“We will continue to operate the upstairs, private birthday party room that can accommodate up to 50 people,” Moon said. “Cost for that is $50 for a minimum two-hour rental and $5 per child. Every birthday boy or girl will receive a special Troyer Town t-shirt and a goodie bag.”
The maximum age for those allowed on the bouncy castles is 12. There is one giant sized bouncy castle and two other large castles and a fourth for children five and under.
Another change this year is that anyone holding a birthday party can bring their own food.
“Last year Troyer Town supplied the catering for parties, but this year parents can bring their own food and beverages. The Pines Restaurant & Casino next door to Troyer Town will be open whenever Troyer Town is and it is available for takeout food that can be eaten inside Troyer Town.”
Troyer Town will remain open until Sunday, March 1. It will also be open Family Day and before the end of November Christmas hours and other non-school day dates will be determined.
Some of the other changes include a kids’ lounge area, baby area and new TVs and games.
“We are in the process of installing a large flatscreen TV and will have kids’ movies and TV channels available in the kids’ lounge area. There will also be kid-sized tables and chairs and craft things for them too and the baby area will have high chairs, walkers and other baby stuff.”
In The Zone is also providing 10 arcade-type games.
“Some of them will be coin-operated and some will be free,” said Moon.
For a private or corporate booking those interested can contact Evergreen Park Assistant Facility Sales Manager Carley Froehlick at 780-532-3279.
NITEHAWK SKI, BOARD AND...
The annual Nitehawk Ski, Board and Bike Sale & Swap goes Nov. 7-8 in the Main Hall of the ENTREC Centre all day both days.
Equipment drop-off is Friday, Nov. 7 from 4-8 p.m. and the selling and swapping goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.