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Amphitheater Plans for Oak Park

Amphitheater Plans for Oak Park

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Oak park has been steadily recovering since the flood of 2011.

The park district goal is not just to get the area back in working order -- but to make it better than ever.

Melinda Bolton has more.

Oak Park has been a long time favorite for summer entertainment. Park District Manager, Ron Merritt has a few improvements he'd like to make to Oak Park. Right now there is only one taking priority.

(Ron Merritt, Park District Manager)"We also were looking at this amphitheater scenario, so we had an architect put concepts together and we liked the concepts so we moved ahead and put prices to them..."

Improvements to the amphitheater have been requested for quite some time, and Merritt has consulted with local performers such as the M.A.C.A group and the M.S.U. summer theater program.

(Ron Merritt, Park District Manager) "Over the history of that bandshell, the user groups would like something different. They would like it a little bit bigger, a different set up, a little more usable for different events. So that's why we targeted that. Its been a popular location for big events, but they would like something a little nicer for nice performances and more multi-use. So that's kind of where we're going with that."

Another reason Merritt hopes to get these plans in motion is because he feels there is currently a strong financial foundation to back this project.

(Ron Merritt, Park District Manager) "Well we have money that was given to us from Coca-Cola when the park won, you know, America's Favorite Park Contest...and we also have a contribution from the Minot community foundation."

(Melinda Bolton) "If everything goes as planned, the park district hopes that come this fall, there will be a brand new amphitheater, right here, for the entire community to enjoy. Melinda Bolton, KX News."

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