On May 28th, 2015 The LaFontaine Family Amphitheater, affectionately known as the Milford AMP, will officially open to the public with an inaugural concert featuring the music of Fifty Amp Fuse.
The following article about the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater opening in Milford this spring comes courtesy of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Just in time for the new year, construction on Milford’s newest addition to Central Park, the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater is substantially complete.
“This has been an amazing and rewarding project,” said Joell Beether, executive director of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We are anxious for the amphitheater to open and for the community to enjoy the new venue. We really are so thankful to all our generous donors, especially the LaFontaine Family, who went above and beyond to see that this project could be completed.”
Ryan LaFontaine said,
Our Family has lived in The Highland/Milford area since 1977 when I was just 6 months old. In addition, we have owned and operated multiple automotive dealerships in the community since 1984 when we purchased Lee Osborn Pontiac, Cadillac, GMC which was located on Liberty street in Downtown Milford.
As soon as I heard about the AMP in central park, I knew right away we wanted to support and give back to our local community. It has always been a desire of mine to find a way to recognize my parents continued support of the community for years to come. So to me it was a perfect fit, and will be an amazing addition to our local community. We are thrilled to be a part of such a great community project.
The 18-month community-driven initiative to build a one-of-a-kind multiuse amphitheater began in April 2012 as a joint venture between the Rotary Club of Milford, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Milford Downtown Development Authority.
“The Rotary Club of Milford is proud to have initiated and been part of the AMP in Central Park project,” said Keith Wilson, president of the Rotary Club of Milford. “The entire community came together to make this vision a reality and it’s gratifying to see how we’ve made our already charming town even more beautiful than it was before.”
Built into the natural landscape of Central Park, the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater fits snuggly into the existing topography of the site, incorporating terraced seating for nearly 2,000 people. The environmentally-friendly design orients patrons towards the historic Albert Kahn-designed Ford Power House and Pettibone Creek waterfall, while allowing 98 percent retention of the standing poplar trees that form a natural canopy over the park.
Designed by Grissim Metz Andriese Associates and constructed by John Stewart and Associates and Margolis Companies, the LaFontaine Family Amphitheater was made by possible by John Grissim, Chip Mobley and B & M Electric Contracting, Inc., M.J. Whelan Construction, Dave Janette and Janette and Sons Excavating, Brien’s Services and the Milford Downtown Development Authority.
“Milford is such a beautiful town, and we are fortunate to have a dedicated and giving community,” said Ann Barnette, executive director of the Milford Downtown Development Authority. “The Lafontaine Family Amphitheater would not have been possible without our supporters, contractors and partners. We’re very excited to see it open this May and to enjoy the live entertainment in our beautiful new theater.”
The LaFontaine Family Amphitheater is located between the Milford’s downtown and southside shopping districts and will be home to the annual Summer Concert Series.
In addition to live music, attendees can purchase fare from Smoke Street Barbecue, Palate and Red Dog Saloon. Beverages will also be available courtesy of Community Sharing and Team Huron Valley Special Olympics, and ice cream from Oak Pointe Church.
On Thursday, the versatile Fifty Amp Fuse will play two sets from 7-8:15 p.m. and 8:45-10 p.m. A short presentation to thank sponsors of the AMP in Central Park project will begin at 8:15 p.m.
Central Park is located on Main Street between Huron and Liberty streets.
All summer concerts at the amphitheater are free and open to the public.
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