Amphitheater that holds 10,000 to be built in Hutto park


Highlights

The amphitheater will cost $3.4 million to build.

The city is negotiating with KOKE-FM radio to hold four to six events per year at the amphitheater.

The Hutto City Council has approved spending $3.4 million to build an amphitheater able to accomodate at least 10,000 people in a city park that will host multiple events, including a series of country music concerts.

The city is paying for the construction with certificate of obligation bonds approved by the council in September.

The City Council also agreed, at its April 5 meeting, to let City Manager Odis Jones negotiate a contract with alternative country radio station KOKE-FM for four to six events per year at the new venue, in addition to the second annual KOKEFest. Information was not available Wednesday on whether a contract had been negotiated.

Construction on the amphitheater will start this month at a park at 1001 County Road 137 in Hutto and is expected to take about four months, said Eliska Padilla, the city’s communications director. There will also be other genres of music presented at events in the park including rock, she said.

READ: Sign company’s HQ moves to Hutto with help from $450k in incentives

A representative for FTWoods Construction, which is building the amphitheater, declined to comment Wednesday on the project.

The park where the amphitheater will be located has not yet been formally named by the City Council but is known as Hutto Park at Brushy Creek, Padilla said.

The amphitheater will be able to seat 4,000 people and there will also be space for at least 6,000 people in a grassy area, she said. A shade structure will cover the VIP area and a temporary shade structure will cover the stage, Padilla said.

The amphitheater area also will include a pavilion; eight electrical hookups for RVs; a park bathroom with three stalls for men and three for women; paved roads to accommodate RVs and three new entrances, Padilla said. Two of the entrances will be off County Road 137 and one will be off County Road 163.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Board will consider allowing camping at the park as it is developed, she said.

KOKE-FM is excited about the new amphitheater, said Kristina Killingsworth, the marketing director for Austin Radio Network, also known as Genuine Austin Radio, which owns the station.

The radio station had its first KOKEFest at another location in Hutto last year and people “came in droves,” she said.

“Over the years, as Austin’s population has grown and traffic has become an issue, it occurred to us that people aren’t coming into Austin on a regular basis to see live music because the traffic is just so bad,” she said. “When we put together KOKEFest last year we said, ‘Let’s take live music out to a smaller community and see if they respond.’”

The second KOKEFest will be at the amphitheater area Aug. 10-11, even though the project might not be finished, Killingsworth said.

The Hutto City Council has approved using $250,000 in hotel occupancy taxes to pay Genuine Austin Radio to host this year’s KOKEFest, Mayor Doug Gaul said.

FOR MORE NEWS: Be sure to follow the Williamson County News Now page on Facebook



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Georgetown police: Man has harassed Sun City residents since 2016
Georgetown police: Man has harassed Sun City residents since 2016

Georgetown police are searching for a man who has been harassing Sun City residents for more than two years, even walking into their homes at night and standing at the foot of their beds until they wake up, a police spokesman said. Sun City is a retirement community with several thousand homes in Georgetown. The man has been involved in at least 50...
Former MLB athlete Kelly Wayne Gruber arrested in Austin on DWI charge
Former MLB athlete Kelly Wayne Gruber arrested in Austin on DWI charge

Former Major League Baseball athlete Kelly Wayne Gruber was arrested in Austin on a DWI charge Saturday, records show. Gruber, 56, was a two-time All-Star while playing baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1984 to 1992. As a teenager, Gruber played baseball for Westlake High School.  An Austin officer pulled Gruber over after noticing...
Police: Man attacked, cut person he thought was behind home invasion
Police: Man attacked, cut person he thought was behind home invasion

An Austin man is accused of cutting an apartment resident with a machete because he thought the victim was involved in a home invasion, according to an arrest affidavit released this week. Samuel Diaz-Parra, 58, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in jail. The attack happened...
Temple physician arrested for child porn, Texas Medical Board says

TEMPLE Texas Medical Board: Physician arrested for child porn The Texas Medical Board on Monday suspended the license of Temple physician John Middlemiss Palmer after he was arrested on child porn charges. “The Board panel found that on or about April 18, 2018, Dr. Palmer was charged with possession of child pornography by the Texas Attorney...
Jury weighs murder charge in Austin stabbing death of Daniel Spencer
Jury weighs murder charge in Austin stabbing death of Daniel Spencer

A Travis County jury began deliberating Monday evening in the murder trial of 67-year-old James Robert Miller Jr., who is accused of fatally stabbing 32-year-old Daniel Spencer in September 2015. Miller’s attorney says it was self-defense. Spencer was killed at his home early on the morning of Sept. 21, after inviting Miller to his house to play...
More Stories