January 1, 2017
In February of 2015, the Three Rivers Amphitheater project team agreed to come under the management authority of the City of Kingston so that the tax-exempt status of all donations to the project could be guaranteed. Part of that agreement was that the project team would have until the last day of 2016 to raise the funding needed to complete the construction phase of the project.
It is with regret that we could not raise the funds needed to complete the project within the required time frame established by the City. Therefore, we have mailed contribution refund checks to all identified donors and have voided all pledges. We request that all contribution refund checks be cashed within ninety (90) days. We especially regret not being able to build the brick walkway that garnered so much support. The walkway was to have memorialized/honored friends and families and to have recognized businesses.
We wanted to let everyone know that the City is pursuing an opportunity for a State of Tennessee Grant to build a larger amphitheater at Southwest Point. We fully support that effort if it comes to fruition, but at this point we do not know any more details. Next summer, the path forward to Southwest Point may be clearer and we hope that there will be enthusiastic support for that effort, just as there was for our project.
We still believe that a waterfront amphitheater would be a wonderful asset to the community. The Southwest Point location offers the space for a larger multi-function facility. However, such grants are always uncertain, until delivered. Since we have made considerable progress in the planning and design for the Church Street site, the project could be resurrected if a state grant for an amphitheater at South West Point does not happen.
The project team hopes you remain optimistic and will help make an amphitheater a reality for Roane County.
Thanks to all those who have shown interest in and have supported the project!
Update – May 1, 2017
Over the course of its fund raising efforts, the Three Rivers Amphitheater project received $663.00 in anonymous donations. Unable to reach its fundraising goal, the Amphitheater project has been terminated and all donations have been returned to known donors. The Amphitheater committee, by unanimous vote, elected to give the $663.00 in anonymous donations to the Arts Council of Roane County. The gift of $663.00 was presented to the Arts Council on May 1, 2017.