Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-12-03 15:41:23 –
Stillwater – Stillwater appears to be hosting open-air amphitheaters, concerts and other new entertainment options over the next few years due to plans for open blocks in downtown the town.
A grant from local company Kicker was the key to launching the initiative, according to Stillwater officials.
Kicker is a well-known manufacturer of speakers and other audio equipment. Its 280,000-square-foot facility in Stillwater produces products sold by approximately 1,200 authorized dealers in the United States. Export sales are managed through a network of distributors serving more than 2,000 dealers in approximately 50 countries.
A vacant block called Block 34 is located east of Stillwater Community Center, between 8th and 9th Avenues, Duncan Avenue and Hazband Avenue.
Kicker announced Thursday that it would donate $ 3.5 million to advance planning for event spaces such as public greens, event pavilions and outdoor amphitheaters.
“This incredibly generous gift to our community is a testament to Steve Arby’s true desire to help his hometown and improve the quality of life for others,” said Stillwater City Manager. , Norman McNickle mentioned the founder of Kicker.
Construction will be allocated approximately $ 2.7 million, and $ 800,000 over a 10-year period to support programming and maintenance. In a statement by the city, the Stillwater Community Center Foundation will participate each year to raise funds to showcase 14 music events along with other types of programming.
In particular, the city hired a city planning company to conduct community surveys and develop concepts to get the most out of real estate. Residents of Stillwater have shown a strong desire for “important public green spaces” dedicated to entertainment and other casual and quality of life programming.
The plan announced on Thursday maintains Block 34 as a public area dominated by green spaces. City officials say the design is in line with the vision developed by the Block 34 Trust Authority over the last four years. Officials described it as an “outdoor living room.”
The chief architect of the amphitheater will be Stanton Espinoza. Landscape Architects will be both Dan Alabak graduates of Oklahoma State University.
In addition to outdoor performance stages, multipurpose pavilions, fountains and other art features, berm lawns for seats, stone benches, food trucks and other areas for vendors are planned. The covered stage is designed to host outdoor plays, concerts, movies and other events. Directly adjacent to the park is approximately 150 public parking spaces, with hundreds more parking spaces near this area.
Block 34 has been cleared in anticipation of construction. The fictitious power lines were removed and buried by the city. If additional funding is needed, the city will announce that it will be raised by the Block 34 Building Development Commission and will be formed within a few weeks.
“We are excited to be involved in making Stillwater a more livable place,” Arby said in a statement. “Such investments in the community will attract and retain talent and their businesses of all ages at Stillwater over the next few years.”
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