Monday, September 18, 2000

Evendale approves site for new amphitheater

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        EVENDALE — As part of the celebration of the village's 50th anniversary of incorporation next year, city council has approved locating an amphitheater on a hillside behind the municipal building at the northeast corner of Reading and Glendale-Milford roads.

        John Albrinck, assistant to Mayor Doug Lohmeier, said project planning “is in its early stages and an educated guess at cost of the amphitheater is about $500,000.”

        A planned water feature also will increase the cost, Mr. Albrinck said. “We are looking at dancing water (spouts) or a fountain,” he said.

        The amphitheater will be built on the site of the old Baxter Farm House. The village bought the Baxter farm years ago as the location of its municipal center, Mr. Al brinck said.

        The village is accepting applications from architects. Three or four applicants will be chosen for interviews and an architect selected in early November, Mr. Albrinck said. Design work and other planning will be done over the winter with construction scheduled to begin next spring.

        Optimistically, the amphitheater will be completed in late August, 2001, but its dedication will occur as part of the community's annual town meeting coupled with the anniversary celebration next October, Mr. Albrinck said.

        Village Recreation Director Dave Nichols said the amphitheater will provide an opportunity for a number of community-oriented programs. “I foresee a concert series, drama in the park, children's programs, social events, things along those lines.”


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