Grand opening set for Schmeeckle Reserve amphitheater
For the City Times
STEVENS POINT – A grand opening will be held for the new outdoor amphitheater at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve.
The amphitheater is the first capital improvement project of the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve, a community group that supports the reserve and its educational mission. Jerry Lineberger, Friends president, said community support was strong for the amphitheater.
“We thank all of the donors for their generosity and support and look forward to using the amphitheater for community gatherings in the years to come,” he said.
The Pankowski Friends Amphitheater seats up to 250 people. The $270,000 project was funded with initial gifts from Dallas and Edith Pankowski and the Sentry Insurance Foundation. Additional public donations and grants came from the Community Parks Improvement Committee, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Development, Aldo Leopold Audubon Society and Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, plus nearly 100 individual donors.
Construction and design were completed by the Rettler Corporation and Ellis Construction, both of Stevens Point, and Alliance Architects of Minneapolis.
The grand opening will take place on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point. The program will be at 6 p.m. at the amphitheater, with live music at 6:30 p.m. by UW-Stevens Point alumnus Adam Greuel of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Art Stevenson of High Water, Matt Williams of Steez and Dan Alfuth, Frank Stanislawski, and Jeff Ebel of Gray Catz. Children’s activities will also be offered.
Council rings and amphitheaters were design features landscape architect Jens Jensen used to draw people out into the landscape. Sitting outside in close proximity to one another, people could engage in discussions about local and world happenings, favorite music or the latest movie, and family and friends while surrounded by a natural, rejuvenating setting. Congratulations to the Friends of Schmeeckle on adding this wonderful amenity to the Preserve.