The City of Weatherford will soon take center stage - literally - as it nears the completion of its new amphitheater.
The facility, located in the First Monday Trade Day complex, also known as Heritage Park, is schedule to open on April 22.
“This was part of a master plan we conducted 4-5 years ago of that entire area,” City Manager Sharon Hayes said. “The [amphitheater] was one of the suggestions offered. We visited several city’s in the metroplex, looking at what others had done, and came up with what we thought was an attractive design, functional, and easy for people to get to.”
The structure, in appearance, is much like other nearby city owned buildings using materials such as limestone, tin, and wood. The 40x50 stage looks out over an area that will seat between 1,500 and 2,000 attendees which will be able to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the activities. A new food truck platform located on the grounds will also service attendees.
“Everyone is excited about moving forward,” Hayes said. “Shannon Goodman, our parks director, has done a wonderful job. His group has managed the project and contracted it out for a fraction of the cost.”
The project initially was estimated a $2.5 million, but with the city managing the project, the cost was between $250,000 and $300,000.
“I’m really happy with this,” Goodman said. “We still have some other things to do in the area, but that will come later.”
Things such as the construction of a plaza near the amphitheater, complete with a fountain. A pedestrian bridge will eventually be installed stretching over a creek giving patrons easier access to the theater area from the parking lot.
Goodman hopes to have three events a month at the amphitheater, excluding First Monday weekends. During the summer the city plans on having its annual “Movies in the Park” at the facility and hopes to engage other organizations, such as Theatre Off the Square, the Weatherford College Fine Arts Department and Weatherford High School to host plays at the facility.
But what is generating the most excitement is the announcement that the city plans to have a fireworks show during the Fourth of July at the new location.
“This is going to have a really good feel to it,” Goodman said. “This is a place that people will be able to enjoy for generations to come.”
▪ April 22
▪ Ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. - 315 Santa Fe Dr.
▪ Band performance 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mighty Real Band
▪ Food truck vendors