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Amphitheater in Magnuson Community Garden
About the Amphitheater
At the initial public design forums,
suggestions were made that the gentle slope viewed from the Brig offered
the possibility of an open court and an amphitheater between the Brig and
the garden. An amphitheater was
included by Barker Landscape Design in the final garden design.
Initial earthwork for the amphitheater was started by Frehuling, Inc. in
2002, as a donation of professional services. In 2003-2004 Jon
Ruhnke Landscaping was awared the contract to grade the amphitheater
and its seating and install the amphitheater stairs. Volunteers
installed the Amphitheater’s block walls.
The University Lions Club donated $10,000 to build
an arbor across the top of the amphitheater. John Ruhnke Landscaping
designed and built the arbor from recycled logs of a Lake Union Naval pier.
See About the
Arbor. The amphitheater complex was completed in June 2004 and
a dedication ceremony was held for the arbor.
Since the amphitheater's completion many events have been held there including musical and educational events, GreenStage's Shakespeare productions, weddings, and other private events.
land was graded and contoured
The walkway and
stairs were installed
Preformed concrete landscape blocks were added to create seating. Topsoil was added followed by grass seeding. The construction of the amphitheater arbor was started in February 2004.
The amphitheater and arbor were complete in June 2004.
Dedication of Amphiteater Arbor on June 5, 2004. Pictured are Mayor Greg Nickels and members of the University Lions CLub which donated $10,000 for the building of the arbor.
Seated guests wating for the beginning
of the arbor dedication ceremony.