It's being designed to accommodate everything from the ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival to concerts by the
There's even a possibility of outdoor plays, some suggested, but a decision on whether the county can afford the stage probably won't come until 2015.
That takes the project to mid-September or mid-October before the county can begin advertising for bids.
Clark said the stage will be made of stone, steel and concrete. No wood will be used because it rots in moist climates, but the steel and concrete will be stained to look like wood, he said.
Clark said the stage will be five to six feet above the ground, 25 to 30 feet from floor to rafters, 70 feet wide and 50 feet deep. The roof will be metal.
Mattingly said the new stage will be large enough for a variety of events.
"It's a whole lot easier to build it larger now than to wish we had later," he said.
Dressing rooms could be added later, Mattingly said. The stage will have both stairs and wheelchair ramps.
"You want bands to have a good experience and want to come back." Clark said.
Mattingly said county crews will prepare the site.
But he said the county will take bids from local contractors to build the structure.
"We don't know that it's going to happen," he said. "We're going to have to see how much it will cost."
The county parks department will take the architect's rendering to ROMP next week to seek comments from fans.
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