Boone council OKs amphitheater repairs
by Anna Oakes
The Boone Town Council on Tuesday voted to authorize town staff to move forward with necessary demolition and repairs to amphitheater structures at Daniel Boone Park in conjunction with the Southern Appalachian Historical Association.
The town's Cultural Resources Advisory Board earlier this month recommended authorization of SAHA's planned repairs, which include demolition of the amphitheater's PIT building that houses electrical equipment and stabilization of the rear palisade wall and stage left wall.
SAHA estimated the cost of repairs to be between $3,000 and $18,000, depending on potential donations of materials and labor from local utility companies.
But Cultural Resources Director Pilar Fotta and town building inspector Todd Miller said the town still lacks detailed plans that are necessary before it can authorize SAHA or a contractor to proceed.
SAHA produces the outdoor drama "Horn in the West" and operates the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum at Daniel Boone Park.
The council also approved an extension of SAHA's license at the property and approved the Watauga County Farmers' Market's license for use of the park's parking lot.