Meridian Amphitheater: The grass is green, but needs hands to grow

By Arthur DeVitalis

Meridian Parks & Recreation continues to develop the amphitheater across from the Meridian Civic Center, but requires volunteers and funds to progress. Breaking New Ground has worked with Meridian officials to get the desired amphitheater exactly right.

The Meridian Amphitheater project continues in Meridian Park, though in two weeks’ time, more help is needed. According to Jack Cameron of the Meridian Parks & Recreation Board of Directors, the project is coming along smoothly. It started two weeks ago to date, on Monday, June 15. Since then, the amphitheater has grown, stone by stone. A full circle is now visible, but the first phase of the Master Park Plan is not done yet.

The city did not own this land. It belonged to the county. The county agreed to give it to the city, and the city agreed to accept it. We had to organize a group of volunteers that would tear down the old jail site. We developed our master plan through Texas A&M [University].” – Jack Cameron, providing background on the events leading up to the construction.

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Precinct 4 Commissioner Ronnie Liardon (pictured left) talks to Jack Cameron about the project. Liardon stopped by to check up on progress, stating that everything looked great.

Volunteers are sought for help filling in sod at 10 a.m. on July 7. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact the Meridian Parks & Recreation Department @Meridiantxparks via Facebook, or Meridian City Hall by calling 254-435-2381. Or, just show up and help.

“We need as many people to lay sod as we can get,” Cameron said.

The funding portion of the project is not complete either. Since the park will be open to the public, donations are being garnered for the remaining half of the project. “We got set back on our fundraising with the COVID incident,” Cameron noted. “We need to get funds raised now to pay back to EDC that spotted our shortfall. We’ll have an opportunity for people to contribute funds. Even $5 helps.”

Call Meridian City Hall to contribute. An amphitheater stage will take the center-concrete circle, with a flagpole installation near the entrance.

It’s available to people of all ages. There are so many activities that people of all ages can take part in with this amphitheater.” – Jack Cameron, explaining the purpose of the space. He previously mentioned yoga, plays, gatherings and more could take place there.

Call Meridian City Hall to contribute. A special dedication is planned for September 17, pending approval from Meridian City Council. “It belongs to the citizens of Meridian and Bosque County,” Cameron concluded.

Arthur DeVitalis

Arthur DeVitalis has been in and out of Bosque County since he was a child, and grew up deep in the heart of Texas. He's been a resident of the Hill Country and central Texas for 21 years. He came from Toronto, Ontario to small-town Texas. Today as a Texanadian, Arthur is a journalism graduate of the University of Texas of Austin, a visual storyteller, audio producer, editor, publisher and writer. He's inspired by local history, individuals that unify people to serve others, and art in every medium.

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