New stage at Peace Garden complete
With the work now completed, the new stage at the Peace Garden is preparing for a heavy workload over the summer.
And it won't have to wait long before its first use with the beginning of Culture Connection starting this Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The completion of the new stage is the culmination of more than two years of planning and finally construction work which began at the beginning of May, according to Price City Councilwoman Kathy Hanna-Smith.
"It has been a thought we've had for over two years now," she said. "The new stage is an enhancement for activities and events here at the Peace Garden."
The city used $70,000 in funds from ZAP (Zoos, Arts and Parks) taxes to pay for the project, according to Bret Cammans, Price City customer service director. The new stage now brings the act on stage closer to the audience and comes with new amenities including electrical outlets for musical performers to use and anchors which could be used to hold down a cover for the stage if needed.
Cammans said the project remained under budget and there is enough money left over to fund any additional work that may be needed in the future.
Before the new stage, Hanna-Smith said musicians and other acts performing at the Peace Garden had to perform on the top steps near an entrance to the Prehistoric Museum. Now the hope is that the new stage will bring about a new and exciting atmosphere for Culture Connection and other events.
"Before people were having to perform far away from the audience," Hanna-Smith explained. "Now with the new stage, it brings the performers right out to the audience."
While much of the stage's early use will be from city events including Culture Connection and International Days, Hanna-Smith and Cammans emphasized the stage belongs to the public.
"It's a community facility," said Hanna-Smith.
Cammans noted that the stage was built with the intention for it to be used for events of all kinds.
"It was made for a universal purpose," he said.
Hanna-Smith said the city will hold a ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 6 at 6:45 p.m. shortly before the first Culture Connection performance starting at 7 p.m. The Jeff Keele Band is scheduled to open the weekly series throughout the summer.