Parks, Recreation and Special Events are preparing for the addition of the Heritage Park Amphitheater, which is tentatively scheduled to open in late summer 2015.
It is no secret that Heritage Park has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, due in large part to city council recognizing the need to make Weatherford a premier tourism destination. Heritage Park offers the community a safe environment for events that are within close proximity to downtown and centrally located in the community.
Heritage Park spans approximately 62 acres and is home to the Event Center, Patsy Hooks Dog Park and Food Park. It serves as the main event grounds for many events, such as the Blooming Car Show and Holiday in the Park, both of which attract approximately 12,000 people to the area altogether. In addition, Heritage Park hosts First Monday Trade Days on a monthly basis, which has proven to be a staple event for the community dating back to the early beginnings of Weatherford.
“The addition of the amphitheater is very exciting,” said Director of Parks, Recreation and Special Events Shannon Goodman. “The amphitheater is a project that has been on the table for quite some time. We are in the process of making Heritage Park our premier event grounds and the amphitheater is one of the largest projects to accomplish this goal for the community. It will attract more tourism and position Weatherford as an entertainment hub outside the DFW area. Not to mention, it will enhance the events we currently host in the park.”
The amphitheater will be nestled between the south lot and the Patsy Hooks Dog Park, along the Town Creek Hike and Bike Trail. It will seat approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people with additional space for handicap accessibility. In addition, the amphitheater will have state-of-the-art audio technology and opportunities for stage lighting during larger events.
“At this point we plan to eventually host a summer concert series that will bring local, regional and notable artists to the Heritage Park Amphitheater,” said Goodman. “We are continuing to work out the details and are looking at featuring local theater groups for both small and large productions.”
After completion of the amphitheater, the master plan calls for improvements to the south lot, small RV Park, connection bridge and an all-inclusive playground next to the Patsy Hooks Dog Park. Additional landscaping features will also be added to provide a natural feel to the area. A grant has recently been submitted to Texas Parks and Wildlife for additional funding to complete the remaining projects.
“We are extremely excited about the direction of Heritage Park and have tentatively scheduled a ribbon cutting for late July to celebrate the opening of the amphitheater,” said Goodman. “Additional details will be released as the project nears completion. Our department has worked extremely hard to get to this point with the guidance of city council and city leadership. We have come a long way and the amphitheater will have a big impact for events within Heritage Park and Weatherford.”