Stubbs drew more than 16,700 people to concerts and performances in 2019, he added. The 2020 concert series was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Stubbs was only park operated by the city until last year, when it added the 11-acre Cornerstone Park, Kate Bostdorff, Centerville communications director, said in an email.
Stubbs features a variety of amenities, including playground equipment, walking trails, a disc golf course, an inline skating rink and a veterans memorial which hosts events on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, according to the city’s website.
The state funds also may be used for renovations to the band shell, the creation of structured terrace seating and expanded ADA areas to allow greater accessibility for visitors, according to the city.
Stubbs Park veterans memorial hosts military events each May and November. FILE
The city may also construct a new restroom building with added space to accommodate concessions and an educational center.
Specific work will be determined later after discussions with engineers, Bostdorff said. Construction is anticipated to start in late 2021 or 2022, she said.
It “all depends on engineering plans…I would expect in the next six months we will have a better idea of what exactly will be there,” Bostdorff added.
“The terraced seating will not include actual seats” and more level ground near the stage “will allow for more wheelchair and stroller accessibility. Currently the amphitheater has only a relatively small paved handicapped section,” she said.
City officials credited local Ohio lawmakers for supporting efforts to include the park in state capital funding.
“Our state legislators see the value, like city council does, in supporting Stubbs Park with increased capacity for community and educational programming, improving the quality of life and economic vitality in Centerville,” Mayor Brooks Compton said.