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Steamboat Springs City Council votes to move forward with dam replacement without modifying plans for outdoor amphitheater

Stuart Handloff, artistic director for the Great American Laughing Stock Company, has proposed a new outdoor amphitheater at Spring Creek Park and will be presenting at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A mock-up of the proposed amphitheater is pictured above.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Concerned about delaying the replacement of an old dam on Spring Creek any longer, Steamboat Springs City Council decided Tuesday the city shouldn't modify the project's plans to accommodate the addition of a new outdoor amphitheater.

"Some council members said we don't think this is a good spot (for the amphitheater) at all, and others who said it's a little late in the process and we need to proceed with this project with the safety concerns we have," Council President Jason Lacy said. "At this point, there wasn't a real plan (for the amphitheater). There was no site plan or verified drawings. We also didn't have a plan for maintenance."

Council members directed proponents of the amphitheater project to submit it to city officials who are currently working on a new master plan for the city's entire parks and recreation system.

"We just gave that direction to go back and work through the master plan to see if this is something that still comes out as a good idea," Lacy said.

The vote to proceed with the dam replacement project without the amphitheater passed unanimously.

The city's parks and recreation commissioners had positive reactions last month to the idea of adding a 200- to 300-seat amphitheater in Spring Creek Park, but several questions lingered.

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The council's vote on Tuesday came after city officials and parks and recreation commissioners raised questions about increased traffic in the area, how the venue fits into an overall parks master plan being put together as well as the timing of the project.

“Overall, there’s a consensus with the commission that this is a really good idea, but how do we get there?” Commission Chairman Alan Koermer said Thursday. “How do we not delay another project that’s ready to go?”

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