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Sacramento leaders want to raise $2.5 million for Land Park amphitheatre

An effort is underway to raise $2.5 million to renovate the historic amphitheater in Sacramento’s Land Park.
An effort is underway to raise $2.5 million to renovate the historic amphitheater in Sacramento’s Land Park.

A two-year effort to renovate the historic William A. Carroll Amphitheatre in Land Park has ramped up.

Organizers are holding a fundraiser 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Fairytale Town. Their goal is to raise $250,000 by the end of the summer to cover design costs for the project, with an eventual goal of raising $2.5 million to pay for the renovation.

Sacramento Councilman Steve Hansen and Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy are leading the effort. Kennedy said they want “as much private funding as we can raise” to pay for the project.

The amphitheatre was a Great Depression-era Works Progress Administration project, built in the 1930s and 1940s. It sits on a small hill overlooking a picturesque pond in Land Park under a canopy of trees.

A stage was built in the 1960s, but very little has been added to the facility since then. The benches do not have seatbacks, there are no restrooms on the site, and groups that perform on the stage have to bring their own sound and lighting equipment.

Sacramento City College’s annual Sacramento Shakespeare Festival is held at the amphitheatre and some schools have graduation events at the facility. But the venue sits empty for most of the year.

“It’s such a shame, it could be such a jewel for the city,” Kennedy said. “It has really stood neglected for too long.”

Information on the fundraiser and the renovation project can be found here.

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