A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of Greenfield Amphitheater was held on Wednesday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony took place at the site of the Amphitheater in Greenfield Park. Mayor Bill Saffo spoke at the event and helped cut the ribbon.
The Amphitheater, originally built in 1962, underwent $1.2 million in renovations which began last August. The renovations were partially funded by the 2006 Parks and Greenspace Bond and include:
- A covered stage with adjoining stage house which features dressing rooms and showers. Previously, the “stage” was a concrete pad which did not allow for much production value, and left performers and their equipment vulnerable to the weather.
- Construction of a new, ADA-compliant restroom building. Previously, restrooms were located in the ticket booth at the top of the hill, requiring facility users to secure port-o-johns in order to adequately serve the public.
- A new food and beverage concession building with a full service kitchen allowing for a more expansive menu offering and ease of operation.
- A perimeter fence. Previously, the facility had open access, making it difficult for facility users to manage an event at which a gate fee is charged.
- Renovations to the building that previously housed the ticket booth, restrooms and technical equipment. It is now a building solely dedicated to technical control.
The first event to be held in the newly renovated amphitheater will be the 16th Annual Shakespeare on the Green performances which begin in June.