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Utah Town Weighs Future Of Vacant Amphitheater

DRAPER, UT (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The town of Draper is debating the future of an unfinished amphitheater project donated to the city in 1996 by South Mountain L.C., that currently appears to be little more than a wide lot with a few empty seats.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a basketball court is drawn on the asphalt, but there is no hoop. Seventeen rows of concrete stadium seating and handrails lead up the hillside, but face nothing but a few new homes and the sprawling Salt Lake Valley. Weeds now push through the cracks while dirt and slush litter the lot.

Draper’s City Council is examining various options to resurrect the abandoned project, but will have to go through the typical site plan, zoning and engineering steps before any decisions will be made.

Terri Purles, amphitheater fundraising committee chairwoman, told the paper that she is looking at three options, with price tags ranging from $1 million to $4 million.

The cheapest version would bring in a covered stage and restrooms, while the priciest would convert the amphitheater into an indoor/outdoor facility, fit for staging larger productions including plays and concerts. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers