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A proposed design for an amphitheater at Main Street Park in Monmouth features a south-facing band shell with a restroom and support facility to the west of the stage.
September 24, 2013
MONMOUTH -- The public has spoken and Monmouth now has a final design for the proposed amphitheater for Main Street Park -- almost.
Through a series of open houses, a survey at the Fourth of July festival and an online survey, the public whittled four design options down to just one, Option D.
With the project being put on the back burner for now, however, the final design still has some refinements to be made.
"We've given the results to our design team and they will have to meet with our project oversight team," Mark Fancey, Monmouth community development director, said. "We're going to have to start talking about what these results tell us and what kind of changes do we need to make."
The project was humming along nicely for most of the year. But when the Madrona Park project received a $350,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission, it was decided to slow the amphitheater project down, Fancey said.
"We used a similar process with the fountain, and we saw how that turned out," he said. "We gave plenty of opportunities for the people who wanted to respond to give us their feedback."
Once the design team and project oversight team have fleshed out changes to the design concept with the parks and recreation board, a final recommendation will be presented to the city council. That is likely to happen toward the end of 2013 or sometime in January, Fancey said.
Groundbreaking for the amphitheater won't likely happen until the summer of 2015.
"The Madrona Park project will have to be completed first," Fancey said. "We were kind of ripping right along, but given that other big things have happened, we're going to make sure we think about things correctly."
Total cost for the amphitheater remains up in the air, but original constraints for Portland-based architecture firm Dao Architecture, the project's designer, were in the $500,000 to $750,000 range.
"We don't know the cost yet, but it's pretty safe to say it's going to be more than $500,000," Fancey said. "We have various options for funding. There might be park system development charges, urban renewal district funds, fundraising or grants."