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New Albany’s Riverview Stage under construction in Park-Along-the-River:UPDATED

Start of construction on New Albany's prermanent stage can be seen in the background, near the bank of the Tallahatchie

UPDATE: April 8, 2016

Workmen made significant progress Thursday, April 7, in construction of the new stage for outdoor performances in New Albany’s Park Along the River.

Using the small “Bearcat” excavator seen in the background, the workers dug the trenches for the foundation footing and poured the concrete that will support the structure. The front of the stage will be semicircular in shape.

The curve of the front of the stage can be seen in this photo of the new footing shot late Thursday afternoon

The curve of the front of the stage can be seen in this photo of the new footing shot late Thursday afternoon

The new stage is expected to be complete in time for the first performance of the Levitt AMP series of 10 free public concerts this summer.

This long view shows what will be the "audience" view of the new stage as it relates to the Tallahatchie. It will be impressive.

This long view shows what will be the “audience” view of the new stage as it relates to the Tallahatchie. It will be impressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

April 7, 2016 post

Riverview Stage, in New Albany's popular Park-Along-the-River, is bounded on the right by the Little Tallahatchie River and on the left by a small "branch" which flows into the Tallahatchie down river from the stage location.

Riverview Stage, in New Albany’s popular Park-Along-the-River, is bounded on the right by the Little Tallahatchie River and on the left by a small “branch” which flows into the Tallahatchie down river from the stage location.

Workmen installed elevation markers Wednesday to commence construction of the Riverview Stage at New Albany’s Park-Along-the-River. The workers used an electronic transit system to assure accuracy. The stage will be used for outdoor performances such as those during the Tallahatchie Riverfest and the Freedom Fest, as well as be open to community groups and promoters for other events.

Everett Shegog, Jr., Michael Conlee, and Eric Crossgrove were working Wednesday afternoon, April 6th, marking area and elevations of the new stage at Park-Along-the-River.

Everett Shegog, Jr., Michael Conlee, and Eric Crossgrove were working Wednesday afternoon, April 6th, marking area and elevations of the new stage at Park-Along-the-River.

Funding for the new stage was made available last year when State Representative Margaret Rogers of New Albany secured funding for a $175,000 grant from the State of Mississippi for improvements to recreational facilities. She guided the appropriation through the legislature and had it signed by the governor at the request of Sean Johnson, marketing and tourism director for the City of New Albany.

The permanent installation, which will be a berm style stage with decking and a stylish “shade sail” canvas top, will cost around $100,000 to construct. Much of the materials for the work has been on site for several days. Work will proceed as weather permits.

This long view on the left bank of the Little Tallahatchie River shows the area where many future outdoor entertainment events in New Albany will take place. Workers in the far background are starting the work of building a permanent outdoor stage.

This long view on the left bank of the Little Tallahatchie River shows the area where many future outdoor entertainment events in New Albany will take place. Workers in the far background are starting the work of building a permanent outdoor stage.

The Riverview Stage is bounded on the right by the left bank of the Little Tallahatchie River and on the left by a small “wet-weather branch” which flows into the Tallahatchie down river from the stage location. The seating area of the Riverview Stage is expected to accommodate at least 8,000 people.

New Albany is one of 15 communities nationwide to have been awarded a grant from the Levitt Foundation of New York to fund a free outdoor concert series this year. Without the permanent stage, the cost of renting a stage and sound system for each of the 10 consecutive weekends of the Levitt AMP series of musical performances would have cost about $30,000.

For more information on the Levitt performances: Levitt Foundation free concert series

1 Comment on New Albany’s Riverview Stage under construction in Park-Along-the-River:UPDATED

  1. Anybody wanna work on those bathrooms while you’re at it?

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