Amphitheatre idea supported

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All smiles… Blossom Festival chairwoman Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay and Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan at the site of the proposed stage. PHOTO: REBECCA NADGE

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan says he has received positive community support over plans to build an amphitheatre at Centennial Park.

Mr Cadogan and Blossom Festival chairwoman Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay last week revealed plans to create an amphitheatre at the old swimming pool site in Thompson St using Blossom Festival funds.

The project would involve hooking up power and creating a raised stage and tiered terraces for seating.

“The purpose of Blossom Festival was to raise to funds to build the pool.

“We’re going to bring it back to its roots,” Mr Cadogan said.

Having an amphitheatre would encourage people to use the area during the day and it could be used for small festivals that travelled to the town, he said.

“It’s to really facilitate it as a really well-used public space.

“I think once it’s there, the community will create purposes for it we haven’t even thought of.”

Since the announcement, he had received positive comments from people in the street as well as phone calls in support of the proposal, Mr Cadogan said.

The next stage was to discuss the idea at the Vincent Community Board meeting on August 1, he said.

If the idea was supported, the board would consult with neighbours in the area.

The project might take three to four years to complete, he said.

“There’s some decisions to be made yet.

“It’s going to be a long-term project – we’re not going to do it tomorrow.”