Huge riverside amphitheater set to be built in Muscatine

A large amphitheater with a capacity of 4,500 people will arrive in Muscatine, but it may take a minute before it opens.

The amphitheater will be located between the river and the train tracks at Riverside Park. It can be used for events such as weddings, concerts and shows. It is designed with an open concept, with a roof simulating a wave (which also stands for Waterfront Activity Venue for Everyone).

“People are very excited about what it’s going to be like. It’s beyond what people expect, a big city feel of an amphitheater in Muscatine,” said Brenda Christensen, Co-Chair of Keep Muscatine Beautiful, says KWQC.

This project is coming soon. Plans to create community space in Muscatine began in 1997. Although it’s right next to the river, Christensen says flooding isn’t a problem because it’s built to withstand it.

The other hope with the amphitheater is that it will give a boost to the town of Muscatine and help it grow. “It just adds to our portfolio here, adds economic development to Muscatine,” Muscatine Mayor Brad Bark told the station. “You can watch a great show and come eat at our local restaurants and come socialize.”

It may be a while before the amphitheater hosts its first festival. Fundraising efforts are in place and organizers estimate the project will cost $10 million. Once the land has been cleared, its construction could take a year. There will be other open days for public comment.

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