Levitt at the Falls Project Under Way
Construction will begin soon on the Falls Park West and Levitt at the Falls project, and today City officials and representatives from the Levitt Foundation broke ground at the site. Falls Park West will feature a covered outdoor amphitheater, a gently sloping lawn seating area, state of the art sound and lighting, a large video board near the stage for enhanced viewing, support facilities, connective pathways, and more. The first public performance will take place in 2019.
“The Levitt Shell is the perfect events center for our vibrant and growing downtown and another huge investment in quality of life for the people of Sioux Falls,” says Mayor Mike Huether.
The amphitheater will face north, and the seating area will face south looking toward downtown. The design of the stage cover and shell incorporates soft undulating lines that complement the adjacent river. Levitt at the Falls will offer thousands of residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy approximately 50 free, professional concerts annually. Artists from all across the region and others throughout the country, representing multiple genres, will draw people of all ages. All concerts will be family-friendly.
“The Levitt Foundation is thrilled to celebrate this milestone—years in the making—with the entire Sioux Falls community, alongside the visionary leaders of Friends of Levitt Shell and the City of Sioux Falls, as they break ground on construction of this new venue, beautifully designed to reflect the significance and history of the site. The Levitt Foundation looks forward to Levitt at the Falls coming to life in the heart of Falls Park West, becoming a thriving community destination, where people of all ages and backgrounds will come together through the power of free, live music,” says Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director, Levitt Foundation.
The local Friends of Levitt Shell has invested more than $1.85 million toward the project, including a $500,000 grant from the national Levitt Foundation toward construction costs and significant operational support going forward. Friends of Levitt Shell also will provide an additional $500,000 worth of professional sound and light equipment. Lloyd Companies has gifted the City approximately 10,000 cubic yards of fill material, valued at approximately $100,000. L. G. Everist has gifted boulders and other landscaping materials for the project to the Friends of Levitt Shell valued at approximately $250,000. In addition to providing design and site development at Falls Park West, the City of Sioux Falls will retain ownership of the venue and land as well as provide maintenance for the grounds. The total cost of the project will be about $4.6 million.
The overarching goal of this partnership is to build community through music, which will also energize downtown Sioux Falls. Currently, the Levitt organization has six permanent venues including: Westport, CT; Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; Arlington, TX; Memphis, TN; and Bethlehem, PA. Levitt will be expanding over the next couple of years to Dayton, OH; Houston, TX; and of course, Sioux Falls, SD. For more information about the project, visit www.siouxfalls.org/parks or call 605-367-8222.