ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Although it is just one piece of the puzzle for the future of St. Clairsville Central Park, the new amphitheater on the former Belmont County fairgrounds will bring fun for city residents when warm weather arrives.
Kevin Barr, director of St. Clairsville Parks and Recreation Department, said the community had seen a huge need for an amphitheater to hold shows and events in the city. He said the city had been using the flat bed of a truck for a stage before the amphitheater was finished last year.
Now, whether area residents are looking to see a movie, listen to a live band or find a place to get married, the public need look no further than the amphitheater and it sprawling lawn. The amphitheater boasts a 45-foot deck and has a depth of 45 feet. The structure is 2,500 square feet in total.
The new amphitheater at St. Clairsville Central Park serves as a place for entertainment and fun for area residents.
Photo by Sarah Harmon
The amphitheater holds free weekly concerts in the summer featuring a variety of bands and musicians from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. The theater will feature popular area bands including The Joseph Sisters, Everyday America, National Pike Pickers and John Denver tribute artist John Adams.
Barr said he hopes also to have oldies, doo-wop and Motown bands perform this summer.
The amphitheater has been an ideal place to hold fundraisers for local organizations, as well as car shows and Christian music groups from local churches.
He hopes to also see more student music and theater groups perform at the amphitheater. Community members can also look forward to the annual Ribfest and Community Day to be held at the park this summer.
"We're always looking for suggestions from the community to help enhance the music they would like to hear," Barr said. "We're open ears."
Concessions are available at every event at the amphitheater and parking is free, Barr said.
The amphitheater is just the beginning, too, Barr said. Plans for the St. Clairsville Central Park include the addition of a sand volleyball court, a sports green with basketball courts, a dog park and ample parking.