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Major New Amphitheater Planned For Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (CelebrityAccess) — A planned $9 million renovation of the Des Moines Water Works Park includes a new outdoor concert space that can accommodate 25,000 people.

According to the Des Moines Register, the new amphitheater is proposed for a new location in the park that would insulate it from flood waters that have posed past problems for promoters staging events on the site.

“I love Water Works. That’s why I scheduled my first festival there,” Hinterlands Music Festival promoter Sam Summers told the Register. “I think other festivals would look to move there and some as they outgrow their current areas.”

The inaugural edition of Hinterlands in 2015 was forced to be relocated 30 miles away just two days before the event due to heavy flooding of the park.

The new amphitheater, which could be open as early as next year, would also feature a new space for food trucks and a tunnel connecting the park to Gray's Lake Park for runners and bicyclists, the Register said.

The project will be underwritten by $5 million raised by from private donors by the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation. The Foundation is now seeking the remainder of the funding from corporate donors, the Register said. – Staff Writers