Miami Township to get outdoor amphitheater

December 7th, 2006    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

Miami Township residents may soon enjoy an improved atmosphere for outdoor music performances.

Recent moves made by the township administration have started a process to build a new outdoor amphitheater in Community Park that will add a beautiful new amenity for township residents.

“We’ve been talking about building an amphitheater at Community Park for years,” said township administrator David Duckworth. “It’s one of those matters where we’ve never had the funds to do it. We received some state funding to the tune of $50,000 to apply towards an amphitheater. That’s what got the ball rolling.”

When constructed, the new facility would be able to accommodate various outdoor performances, such as the annual performance by the Clermont Philharmonic. In addition, it could help expand programs such as that, bringing additional live music events to the township, or, when no music is available, quite possibly serve as a very classy picnic shelter.

The details, said Duckworth, are still being ironed out.

"We've identified an area in the park, and I can't tell you how big it is," said Duckworth. "I just don't know. We're in that conceptual design phase right now. Once we agree on a size and cost, we'll come up with plans on how to use it. I'm sure it will be available for groups within the community. We haven't drafted any rules or regulations yet."

The grant will expire sometime next year, so work will most likely begin soon on the project. Already, a firm has been hired to work on plans and designs, which the trustees will look at in the coming months. As of yet, there is no idea of a final cost, but that will become more certain once plans have been finalized for construction.

"We've already hired a firm to do the conceptual design," said Duckworth. "That's Michael Shuster and Associates. We don't know the size yet. Part of the study they are doing is to look at the size of the area of the park we've targeted to determine what size of amphitheater will work there."
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