The Ford Family Foundation Cohort 1 group of community volunteers have been working toward the construction of the Regatta Grounds Stage, which will be a new venue for outdoor performances at Lincoln City’s Regatta Grounds Park. According to Niki Price who is part of the cohort running the project the reason they got behind is because the cost of materials was a lot higher than they had originally estimated.
Since 2013 the group has been working to try to lower the cost of the materials and raise more money to complete the project. The group recently got a big boost from a local family the owners of the Kenny’s IGA stores in Lincoln City. Kenny Jr. and his sisters made a large donation so the stage could be named after their parents. Now price says thanks to the donation injection they are even closer to completion.
To date a concrete base has been laid, the concrete work was done by Ray Clarke, who has donated much of the labor, materials, tint and decorative surface work for the project. Engineering design work was contributed by E. Cole Olsen. The lumber has been ordered and paid for, and Jim Whisler construction has volunteered to handle the final construction of the project. To cover the final costs the group is selling paver stones for $125 that will be laid at the stage and can be engraved with a personal message. Those interested in purchasing a stone can contact Niki at the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 994-9994.