Miron donates amphitheater to Appleton's Jones Park

Published: Jul. 19, 2018 at 4:19 PM CDT
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Miron Construction celebrates its 100th anniversary by donating a million dollars to Jones Park in Appleton.

The park next to the new Fox Cities Exhibition Center will now feature an amphitheater.

It will sit on the eastside of the park overlooking a large portion of Jones Park.

"We thought this was a great way with some bricks and mortar and hopefully it will be around for another 100 years," said David Voss, President of Miron Construction.

In March, Action 2 News told you the city was scrapping an interactive water feature and a playground from the Jones Park plan because of funding.

So when Miron said it's building a 31-hundred square foot amphitheater Appleton was pleased.

"That's pretty awesome," Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna said. "So, we're really excited."

Appleton Downtown Inc. says Jones Park has been off the grid for a couple of years.

So Appleton staples like Mile of Music and summer concerts could return along with much more.

"This is about infrastructure," Appleton Downtown, Inc.'s Jennifer Stephany said. "It's about having a plaza that's set up to host a large scale event. In the past, we didn't have the power needs, there was no staging, everything had to be brought in."

Adding to Appleton music scene, which Hanna says has evolved substantially in the last five to 10 years

"You can find live music especially in the summer," Hanna said. "You can find music outside every single night of the week."

Plans for the amphitheatre still have to go through the Appleton Common Council but its set to complete in October. Jones Park is set to be finished in Mid-2019.