Oct 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - Mayor Dave Kleis, city staffers, St. Cloud Rotary club members and others officially broke ground on a permanent stage at Lake George.
Half of the $260,000 structure will be paid for with city of St. Cloud half-cent sales tax dollars, and the St. Cloud Rotary club will finance the rest.
Rotary President Steve Joule was one of the shovel-wielding groundbreakers. He says, even though a stage was always a future park goal, the success of the "Summertime by George" community festival, which draws between 7,000 and 13,000 patrons weekly, expedited the stage's creation.
"The original design for Lake George included a stage, but at the time, they weren't sure how it would be used or programmed," Joule explains. "So, it was left out of the first round of renovations. But, I think [Summertime by George] proved that people want to come out and be part of an activity like that."
The stage, taking shape on the south side of the park, has been designed by Hagemeister and Mack Architects of St. Cloud. It will include a pergola-style rooftop in the style of the park's current gazebos.
Official construction plans were announced back in July. The stage is set to be ready in time for the first Summertime by George festival of 2014.
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