Work has begun on a structure in Brooklyn Center for the wider community that will link the past with the future, the Centennial & Veterans Memorial Amphitheater.
“This is a tangible commemoration of 100 years of past service, and with an anticipated 100 added years in the future,” said Dr. Duane Orn, chairman of the amphitheater committee, in a speech before community members. Orn shared his gratefulness to all the project’s donors, calling them the driving force behind a task that’s been more than four years in the making.
Mayor Tim Willson echoed Orn’s comments, saying he was very proud of the people who helped put the project together.
City Manager Curt Boganey said the amphitheater represents volunteerism and a commitment by citizens, and he couldn’t be more proud. “Those are the things that make a city,” he said. “Government does not make a city. It’s the citizens, community, individuals like yourselves who give so much of your time and energy for the place that you love.”
The structure has an estimated build time of 75 construction days.
The lead sponsor, Luther Automotive contributed $150,000 toward the community project.