Summit Daily letters: Dillon’s outsized amphitheater project
September 26, 2016
Dillon's outsized amphitheater project
I must say I was quite surprised by the magnitude of the proposed Dillon amphitheater project. I was on town council when the current facility was implemented in partnership with the Lake Dillon Foundation of the Performing Arts. The plan was for a total replacement of the original structure but funds were only available to build the current stage. Expanding the concrete risers came at a later date. The plan was also to replace the backstage structure with dressing rooms, restrooms and a concession facility at a later date when funds became available. This never happened and I agree it's time to move forward.
It seems to me that a more cost effective approach to the amphitheater would be to add the new back stage, spruce up the appearance of the stage and add bleacher seating to get the audience off the concrete risers. Does it really need to be a total rebuild at such a huge cost to the town and taxpayers?
Arapahoe Basin and Summit seniors
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