New amphitheater to be by Stone House

Work has begun on a feasibility study that will help determine what a new amphitheater and event center in southwest Brentwood will include.

Community members met Monday with Johnson Consulting to discuss the first phase of the facility – an amphitheater that will occupy a portion of the 30-acre site near the intersection of Vineyard Parkway and Marsh Creek Road. The site overlooks the Marsh Creek State Historic Park and the John Mash Stone House and is near the site of the new Los Medanos College campus that broke ground earlier this year.

About $7 million for the amphitheater has been set aside from development fees paid by Trilogy at the Vineyards, said Brentwood Park and Recreation Director Bruce Mulder.

“The amphitheater is in a conceptual design phase,” said Mulder. “Initial conceptual designs anticipate an amphitheater with 300- to 1,000-seat capacity. Based on results of this feasibility study, the city will decide how to move forward with design and construction.” 

Attendees at Monday’s meeting stressed the importance of making it a family-friendly center that could also host events that would attract patrons between 18 and 24 years of age. 

“Keep college kids in mind,” said Emily Cross, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce director. “There’s nothing around where they can have social engagement – somewhere to play that’s not a bar.”

Downtown Business Coalition Director Donna Ross wanted to make sure the new venue was an addition to Brentwood’s current offerings and would not siphon activities and energy from the city’s historic business core. 

Barry Margesson, Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed president, said he’d like to see planning reflect the site’s location next to the state park and the 110,000 acres of preserved open space connected to it.

Mulder said the consultant’s work will include examining what the market demand is for both the amphitheater and the event center as well as be sensitive to what exists in the area.

“There are many considerations that will be analyzed as part of this study, including how the site will interface with the neighboring residential community, the LMC campus, the state park as well as how it fits into the overall vision for Brentwood,” he said. “The consultants will look at all of these considerations and provide guidance in these areas.”

It is too early in the process to determine when the facility would be built, he added.

For more information or to contribute to the feasibility study call the Parks and Recreation Department at 925-516-5444.

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