Winter Park " Hideaway Park amphitheater to be ready by Blues Festival |

Winter Park " Hideaway Park amphitheater to be ready by Blues Festival

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Workers are bustling at the $3.67 million Hideaway Park project in Winter Park with the goal of having the amphitheater ready in time for the first summer concert.

The Blues from the Top Blues Festival will be staged there June 28-29.

On Thursday, crews laid sod in an area in front of where the stage will be. Behind the stage will be seeded grass, said Jeremy Young, ECI Site Construction superintendent.

“The main priority right now is basically the amphitheater area,” Young said. “It will be kind of like a picnic area, but on a slope.”

The amphitheater is the most challenging part of the project, Young said. Portable bleachers and a stage will sit in the area.

Pearl City Landscapes of Tabernash laid the sod.

“They put it together like carpet,” Young said.

A machine call a Spider rolls the sod; the grass is then cut and shaped into place.

They also have a roller to smooth out any “inconsistencies.” Crews then rake the area by hand to give it a “nice finish,” said Shannon Stewart, Pearl City Landscapes project manager.

“Right now it’s in a very raw state having just been laid, but hopefully the weather will hold out and we’ll have some warm days and get it established very quickly,” he said.

The sod is a Kentucky bluegrass blend. The seeded grass area is a mix of six kinds of “native-type grasses,” Stewart said. “Those areas are certainly going to look natural.”

Workers will try to lay about 30,000 square feet of sod by the festival and plan to cover up to 60,000 square-feet of the park with sod afterwards, Stewart said.

ECI Site Construction, based in Loveland, was hired by the Winter Park Town Council in April to oversee the project, which could be completed in November.

Young said the project is on schedule. “So far, so good.”

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