South Portland considers outdoor performing arts venue

6:00 PM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland is looking into creating a 10,000 seat outdoor performing arts venue for summer events at Bug Light Park.

The idea would be to do something similar to what Bangor does on the waterfront, bringing big name artists for concerts. There also would be theater performances, commencements for the community college and South Portland high school, and other local events.
Assistant City Manager Jon Jennings says there's still a lot of planning to do to make sure the idea would make economic sense, but so far, the response has largely been positive.

Jennings said, "We certainly have seen the success that bangor has had. they've had about a 30 million dollar infusion into their local market due to the concert series up there."

The biggest question marks for a lot of people are traffic and parking, since there's only one way in or out of Bug Light park by car. Jennings says he thinks the city can create a workable solution, including possibly having Casco Bay Lines deliver some concert-goers from Portland by ferry.

The plan would have to go to public hearing and be voted on by the city council, and possibly the planning board. If all goes well, the concerts could start in the summer of 2014.


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