‘It’s Not Necessary’: Plymouth Residents Want Say In $350k Amphitheater Proposal

An 80-acre amphitheater has been proposed as a new performing arts space on Ann Arbor Trail.

Plymouth Township has plans to build a new amphitheater on Ann Arbor Trail. The project will cost nearly $350,000 and will serve as a performing arts space. (Photo: Facebook)
Plymouth Township has plans to build a new amphitheater on Ann Arbor Trail. The project will cost nearly $350,000 and will serve as a performing arts space. (Photo: Facebook)

A proposed 80-acre amphitheater that would straddle the boundary between Plymouth Township and the city of Plymouth – helping residents establish where one jurisdiction ends and the other begins – is causing a division of another kind: between local residents.

The 350-seat performing arts amphitheater would cost $350,000, or about $1,000 a seat – money some critics say the city and township can’t afford, the Detroit Free Press reports. Some opponents to the plan worry the development could cost far more.

Supporters say it increases the attractiveness of the community.

“We continue to want to put amenities throughout the area wherever we can,” Plymouth Township Supervisor Richard Reaume said.

Others say it’s an unnecessary duplication of a venue already offered by Kellogg Park, which offers a performing arts venue with a capacity for 2,000 in the heart of downtown Plymouth, two miles away from the proposed amphitheater location.

“I don’t see the need for it...personally for an amphitheater in the township park,” Ruth Goodwell, a Plymouth resident said. “ There are enough facilities within the community and by community I mean the city and township...to hold the types of events they’re talking about holding.”

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Some residents are concerned because the county would need to borrow money to build the new amphitheater.

“We need an amphitheater like we need a hole on our head,” said former state Rep. John Stewart, a Plymouth resident. “If it’s not necessary to build something, it’s necessary not to build it.”

The architectural firm of Beckett & Raeder has been hired to design the new amphitheater for $29,800.

“Could the amphitheater be out on hold? Sure,” Reaume said.  “But at this point we’re trying to move forward with all of our park improvements.”

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Robert July 08, 2014 at 05:43 PM
This is nothing more than a Ron Edwards boondoggle project and needs to be scrapped. The Kellogg part amphitheater works because it surrounded by shops, restaurants, and night spots. Also it's the heart of a great little town where families come to spend time and meet with friends. A duplicate amphitheater would hurt downtown Plymouth and offers nothing to our citizens. Let's not forget that such an amphitheater will require ongoing maintenance, additional tax funds for upkeep of the grounds, and who's going to pay for the entertainment? The Kellogg park setup works well, is low cost and provides a great setting. It's time for Edwards, Reume, and Cozemal to stop wasting our money. And I'm a conservative!
Debra Madonna July 08, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Wednesday Music in the Park Concerts Attendance - between 2,000 and 3,000. In case of Rain, the concerts move to The Gathering - attendance 350 - 500. Attendance at the Friday Night Concerts - 4,000 - 8,000
Debra Madonna July 08, 2014 at 06:15 PM
An average day at Music in the Park - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8fpYLDcKYs
Hairman July 09, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Where do you get the signs negating the proposal?
Dennis Waling July 09, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Mr.'s Edwards, Reaume, and Cozemal what are you thinking? You borrow $2,000,000 to put up an amphitheater but won't use the money for 3 fire trucks and 2 EMS vehicles. You are thinking like the Federal government. WASTE! WASTE! WASTE! TAX the residents they don't mind. We are having a hard enough time making a living. We don't need or want entertainment...we need services. You all lost my vote!!!!!


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