Legacy Art Park builds new amphitheater, other improvements planned

A crowd of about 200 listen to The Accidentals play in the new amphitheater at the Michigan Legacy Art Park. (Courtesy photo)

A crowd of about 200 listen to The Accidentals play in the new amphitheater at the Michigan Legacy Art Park. (Courtesy photo)

THOMPSONVILLE – Michigan Legacy Art Park’s Summer Sounds concert series began this month when The Accidentals drew a record crowd of about 200 people.

The band played in the newly rebuilt concert shell, the previous one having stood since the park’s inception in 1995.

The Accidentals, a multi-instrumentalist duo, called the concert crowd one of their best. The crowd added a double stomp and clap accompaniment to light-hearted songs.

The Summer Sounds concert series was underwritten this year by several generous donors, which allowed the more than $1,300 in audience donations to directly benefit the park and its programs.

The concerts are in the 19th season and are held in the park’s outdoor amphitheater. A new cedar concert shell was built prior to the first concert this year.

“We’re excited to have this new space to house our concerts,” says Renee Hintz, the park’s director.

The Accidentals play in the new amphitheater at the Michigan Legacy Art Park. (Courtesy photo)

The Accidentals play in the new amphitheater at the Michigan Legacy Art Park. (Courtesy photo)

Funding for the project came from an on-going Art Access for All campaign, and is the first of several capital improvements planned for the park.

Additional projects include a barrier-free trail, designed in keeping with the rustic character of the park, while meeting national accessibility standards.

“We are excited that Michigan Legacy Art Park will be universally accessible,” said Annie Campbell of Disability Network. “This will provide an educational and recreational outlet for so many who are currently unable to enjoy the park.”

The park’s Art Access for All campaign continues to raise funds toward a $500,000 goal by December 2015. Additional improvements will expand the park’s outdoor classroom, Discovery Grove, with a new deck and an area designed for environmental art workshops.