BENWOOD – The sounds of music and other outdoor events could soon be heard emanating from the site of the former Benwood Park miniature golf course.
The city plans to build an amphitheater there as a community gathering place for concerts and performances.
Benwood officials have looked at some potential designs, according to public works manager David McLaughlin.
“My idea is… we’re trying to make it more of a community effort, and the community is going to help build it,” McLaughlin said.
A resident who is an expert in concrete placement offers help, and people in the community can be called upon to help build a pavilion there, he explained. The pavilion would surround a small stage – and look a lot like the one at Jamboree In The Hills, but much smaller, McLaughlin said.
Customers had to bring their own seat or sit on the grass.
He said there could also be a small fountain there – but nothing quite like the large one that officials initially wanted to install there. The cost of a large fountain turned out to be higher than what was justified for Benwood.
“We hope everything will be open next year before the pool opens (Memorial Day weekend),” McLaughlin said.
City officials are not only planning concerts and karaoke events, but also weddings, dances and movie nights at the amphitheater. The activities will be visible to those driving on the nearby W.Va. 2.
The potential costs of the amphitheater remain to be determined.
Previously, a large duck and other figures sat in the mini-golf area of Benwood Park. These figures are stored in the city garage, according to Police Chief Frank Longwell.