By Arthur DeVitalis
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.
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.