Shelby Officially Unveils New Public Amphitheatre

  • 7/11/2019 7:55:47 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH - The City of Shelby officially unveiled its amphitheater to the public on Thursday during the Shelby Bicycle Days festival, celebrating the project's final stage with a ribbon cutting. The Black Fork Commons Amphitheatre project has been in motion for several years, beginning after disastrous floods swept through the area.

"After the 2007 flood, we got a lot of mitigation grants," said Joe Gies, Project Coordinator. "We tore down all the houses. There were 15 houses through here. We ended up with a big green area that we were like, 'What to do?' So, we hired a consultant. They came up with the plan of having an amphitheatre in this area, all the different sidewalks, and the amenities that will come such as the bathrooms and so forth."

Mayor Steve Schag of the City of Shelby was the main speaker at Thursday afternoon's ribbon cutting, praising both the city officials that helped to finish the project and the people that formerly served the city of Shelby during the floods. Schag believes that the new amphitheater will strengthen the downtown area and bring new life to the Shelby community.

"This is a great venue," Schag said. "We're hoping it'll be a real asset not only to the citizens of Shelby, but the citizens of Richland County."

The amphitheater will be used for a variety of attractions, such as concerts, educational events, movie nights in the park, plays and outdoor dramas, and more.

"I think the sky's the limit on what can be done here," Schag said.

The amphitheater is now open to the public and sits just behind the pavilion in the Black Fork Commons Park.

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