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New amphitheater opens to the public

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It's expected to be the new icon of downtown Waterloo. Friday morning the RiverLoop Amphitheater was officially opened to the public. It's been more than a decade in the making.

The new amphitheater was built into the flood wall near the new Phelps Youth Pavilion. It is just one of many projects that are part of Waterloo's River Renaissance and it was completed just in time.

"Tomorrow is the deadline. We have to have had these things done by the end of the June to maintain our funding through the Vision Iowa program and we did and we are and so we are open for business and couldn't be more proud," said Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark.

The Waterloo Center for the Arts will operate the new facility. Everything from concerts to weddings have already been booked.

"The response has been amazing. We have been brainstorming projects and so forth since 2001 so it's been a long time incoming, but it's here and we're really really excited," Cammie Scully, the Executive Director for the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

Along with the amphitheater an arts mall and Mark's Splash Park were built. The splash park was named after Mark Young who died at the age of 21 when he was killed in a motor cycle accident. His family is overwhelmed by the project.

"Beyond my wildest dreams. I had not seen the water feature until today, but we've been keeping an eye on the progress and it's just beyond beautiful," said Scully.

The amphitheater is expected to get a workout this weekend as activities are planned for the next two days and officials say they expect it to be packed.

"We'll have 35 artist's booths and we'll have performances throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday and then we will have a concert on Saturday night," said Scully.

The amphitheater was the final project to be completed as part of Waterloo's River Renaissance projects.

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