WP secures loan for Hideaway Park Stage
At a special meeting held by the Winter Park Town Council on Monday, October 10 a resolution was passed to affirm the Town Clerk’s designation that the Sky-Hi News and Middle Park Times are the official newspaper publications of the town of Winter Park.
According to Town Manager Drew Nelson, the meeting to pass the resolution was necessary to secure loan funding for the Hideaway Park Stage—a permanent stage that is currently under construction in Hideaway Park.
Nelson said the town closed on the loan on Tuesday, October 11.
In 2014, Winter Park contracted with Semple Brown Design to design the stage. Semple Brown’s design features a 2,600 square-foot handicapped accessible stage and will replace Hideaway Park’s demountable structure that has been used since 2008 for summer festivals and a variety of events programming. Designed to reflect the modern identity and character of Winter Park, stage will evoke the natural imagery of the snow sports and mountain terrain that surround the Town of Winter Park and the Fraser Valley, according to the Town of Winter Park’s website.
The stage, a concrete and stone structure will rise from a solid, earth-bound base. A large canopy emulating a skiing aspect of drifts and moguls—consisting of white painted steel, a white membrane roof and wood slat ceiling—will float over the stage. Since the bowl will be used as a sledding hill during the winter, the front stage seat-steps will provide a place for observers to watch the activities.
A fully heated and cooled Green Room building will open onto a backstage plaza, which will look out on Vasquez Creek through glass walls. The uniquely shaped structure includes 835 square-feet of assembly space, a kitchen, two restrooms, a make-up area and mechanical room. Backstage loading and side stage monitor-mixing structures frame the main stage serving as stone-clad anchors for the stage roof. There will also be a 12 space paved parking area and backstage loading area.
At their July 19 meeting the Winter Park Town Council passed a motion to approve a maximum price of $3,338,314 in a contract with Big Valley Construction, LLC for the completion of the stage. Construction began on August 30th with completion projected for June 2017.
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