Central Park Performance Venue Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mayor Dave Wood announced plans today for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Performing Venue at Central Park. The $800,000 stage project was created to provide additional programming space along the City’s popular Riverwalk and increasingly vibrant downtown. Funding for the project came from the City’s Consolidated Tax Increment Financing District.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held, weather permitting, on Thursday June 6th at 6:15pm and will include Mayor Dave Wood and other City Officials and team members who played a part in the project. Following the ceremony, the local band Zero will perform at 6:30pm as part of the Summer Concert Series in Central Park.

The project was designed by local Mishawaka Architects, Arkos Design, with assistance from Lawson- Fisher Associates P.C. Located at the south end of the looped walk surrounding the event lawn on the west side of the park, the stage was constructed by Ziolkowski Construction of South Bend. The City’s goal was to have the stage constructed in time to allow the Summer Concert Series to be held in Central Park for 2019 as the continued construction adjacent to Beutter Park significantly limits parking and access to Beutter Park.

The stage uses a combination of materials to reflect both the history of Mishawaka and its continued modern renaissance. Concrete and glacial stone form the base of the structure which is reflective of much of the old Works Progress Administration (WPA) depression era stonework located along the parks downtown. The modern fanned steel supports, roofing and wood decking reflect the architectural transformation and rebirth of the City’s urban core. One of the special details includes multicolored lights that will illuminate the underside of the structure after-hours.

The Summer Concert Series will feature ten free concerts to be held at the venue (weather permitting) on Thursday evenings starting at 6:30pm. Concerts will run through early August. Additional performances including plays and other public gatherings will be scheduled in the future.

Free exercise classes will be scheduled throughout the summer - check the Mishawaka Parks Facebook page for days and times. The stage will also be used by local churches for Sunday morning services this summer. The venue is available for rent by contacting the Parks Department.

The next construction project for Central Park is already planned and will include a picnic area/beer garden space that will be located immediately south of the Christopher Columbus statue overlooking the stage. This project is currently planned to be constructed for the 2020 summer concert season.


The public is invited.