Gail Kimberling gave an update to the Lincoln City council regarding the Ford Institute Leadership Program community project. The idea is to design and build an outdoor stage for open-air performances and local plays on the shores of Devils Lake at Regatta Park. The group has made contact with more than half of the neighbors within 750-feet of the stage. 100 percent of the people the group talked to were in favor of the stage. There were some concerns of late night noise and it was decided that could be dealt with by having a time limit of 9 pm for any concerts.
The group is currently working on fundraising efforts including 4X8 engraved paver stones to those who pledge over $100 that will be placed around the stage. Gail said the projected budget for the project is around $12,000. She said they have raised just under $4,000 in pledges and cash donations and are also seeking grants to come up with the rest of the funds. Kimberling said they hope to get the project completed by October this year.
Mayor Anderson questioned the practicality of having a smaller stage. Kimberling explained the venue is for smaller musical events, readings, small plays and events that would be appropriate in a park setting. The council approved the proposal to move forward for the next steps to be taken to use of the park grounds for the stage. For more information about the project or to make a donation conatct Gail Kimberling at the Lincoln City Community Center at 541-994-2131.