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Anonymous donor to fund Delton amphitheater

Construction on the amphitheater in downtown Delton is expected to begin next month. (Photo provided)

 

Luke Froncheck

Staff Writer

Thanks to an anonymous donor, Barry Township is moving forward with the construction of an amphitheater in downtown Delton.

The structure has been approved by the township and just needs final approval from the donor who is funding the entire project. The only project costs to the township are for the permits required for the building’s construction.

The donor is giving between $80,000 and $100,000 to cover the cost of construction. The amphitheater will be made of wood with a cement base and will resemble a “band cave.” The new venue also will include public restrooms.

The building will be in William Smith Park, behind the township hall, just off of Orchard Road. The structure will be for public use and other activities, such as concerts and theatrical performances. It also will be utilized for community celebrations, such as Founders Festival. 

Township Supervisor Wesley Kahler said construction may begin sometime in the next month.

“It’s going to bring our community something to look forward to on the weekend,” township Clerk Deb Knight said. “It’s going to help businesses. It’s going to help restaurants.

“It’s really going to bring everyone together.”

Free concerts have been offered in the park every other week for the past two summers. Township officials say the amphitheater will enhance the concerts and other activities.

“We’re hoping it will bring more people out to Barry Township,” Kahler said.

 

 

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