Amphitheater passes final inspection

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The POA announced that its Holiday Harbor Park Amphitheater Project is completed. The amphitheater passed the final inspection on Jan. 4.

The POA Board of Directors unanimously approved $68,822 plus five percent contingency from the Capital Improvement Fund for the new multi-level venue on Mar. 6. The Canyon Lake Fine Arts Guild donated $25,000 toward the project.

The construction of the new amphitheater began in May 2018 and was originally slated to be completed in June 2018; however, the project was put on hold after the city red-tagged the facility and issued a Cease Work Order citing that the POA did not submit the necessary applications and plans to the city.

The new amphitheater will serve as a venue for many community events, including the POA’s Movie Nights and free community concerts sponsored by the Fine Arts Guild.

The Fine Arts Guild will be hosting two free concerts for the community at the venue this summer. On June 29, the Guild will treat the community to a Jimmy Buffett concert performed by the Coastriders. On Aug. 10, Jumping Jack Flash will return to Canyon Lake to perform some of the greatest hits by The Rolling Stones.

The POA plans to hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new facility in the near future.

The amphitheater is the second amphitheater to be built at Holiday Harbor Park. Many decades ago, developers built a 300-seat amphitheater to hold special events. Only one performance was held at the amphitheater. It was eventually removed and the area became part of the current beach area at the park.

Holiday Harbor is built on 2.78 acres off Village Way Dr. The park was named Holiday Harbor in March 1989. The POA held a contest and Marti Norris, a new resident at the time, submitted the winning entry. Other names suggested were “Cost Lott Bay,” “Million Dollar Park,” “Paradise Park” and “Omaha Beach.” The history of the development of the area is featured in “Images of America Canyon Lake,” by Elinor Martin.

Holiday Harbor Park has been the site for countless community events since it opened, from Easter egg hunts and Lions Club breakfasts to Jr. Women’s Club chili cook-offs and Bassmasters Club fishing derbies for kids. Almost anyone who has raised children in Canyon Lake has a memory of time spent at Holiday Harbor Park.

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