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    A longtime Wilmington venue could soon see upgrades. Here's the latest.

    By Molly Wilhelm, Wilmington StarNews,


    The Greenfield Lake Ampitheater stands as a historic landmark in Wilmington, hosting a variety of concerts and entertainment events throughout its history.

    Several updates and enhancements have been proposed for the venue, aimed at modernizing its features.

    Located at 1941 Ampitheater Drive, Wilmington, the changes proposed for Greenfield Lake Ampitheater include alterations, landscaping, and the installation of a new fence, according to the Certificate of Appropriateness Application submitted to the Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission.

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    What changes to Greenfield Lake Ampitheater have been proposed?

    The application submitted to the Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission proposes the removal of current chain-link fence and the installation of a new horizontal board fence. The new fence will not exceed eight feet in height, according to conditions of the proposal.

    Synthetic turf, pine straw, a concrete pad, and a selection of new plants -- including Soft Touch Japanese holly bushes and Penny Mac hydrangeas -- would be installed.

    Existing shrubbery and one live oak tree would be removed. The Azalea Festival Queen Plaques would be relocated to a nearby lawn.

    The application also proposes installation of a new seating section in the western section of the Ampitheater. The seating installation will be 16-by-25 feet wide and will be stepped to match existing seating.

    In addition, the proposal outlines the removal of an existing fountain located at the main ticketing entrance.

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    When was the last time Greenfield Lake Ampitheater was renovated?

    Built in 1962, the Ampitheater's last major renovation was in 2008 for a total cost of $1.2 million, according to the proposal. This renovation included installation of a new stage cover structure, concession, and a box office.

    In March, the Wilmington City Council adopted the Greenfield Master Plan, outlining intended improvements for the location. As part of the Master Plan, survey feedback from more than one thousand participants lists the Ampitheater as an area of the park that should be prioritized.

    Has the proposal been approved?

    The city of Wilmington Parks and Recreation had previously approved the proposed renovations as part of the Greenfield Master Plan.

    The Wilmington Historic Preservation Commission heard the proposal on Thursday and approved the changes.

    However, the plans still require approval from the Wilmington City Manager Tony Caudle. City spokesperson Dylan Lee said a specific date for this approval has not yet been set.

    This article originally appeared on Wilmington StarNews: A longtime Wilmington venue could soon see upgrades. Here's the latest.

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