Construction on a multipurpose amphitheater in Milford’s Central Park is nearly complete, with officials expecting the venue to open in May.
“This has been an amazing and rewarding project,” says Joell Beether, executive director of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, which led the 18-month initiative with the Rotary Club of Milford and the Milford Downtown Development Authority. “We are anxious for the amphitheater to open and for the community to enjoy the new venue.”
More than $450,000 was raised through grants, private donations, and in-kind services to complete the three-phase project. The resulting LaFontaine Family Amphitheater fits snuggly into the existing topography of the site, incorporating terraced seating for nearly 2,000 people, Beether says.
The amphitheater, designed by Grissim Metz Andriese Associates, and constructed by John Stewart and Associates and Margolis Cos., will serve as the home of various community events, including the park’s weekly summer concert series, which attracts more than 1,000 people to each event.
The project also included the addition of public restrooms to the park, which like the pavilion, will mirror the style of the on-site, Albert Kahn-designed, Powerhouse.
An inaugural concert will be held this spring before the annual Summer Concert Series kicks off in June. For more information, visit milfordamp.org.