A design firm on Tuesday presented an $18-million, 20-year plan to renovate the city's outdoor Starlight Bowl amphitheater, which representatives of the firm called "drastically underutilized" and "slightly tired" in terms of its physical condition and programming.
In a joint meeting with the City Council and the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board, a team representing Lehrer Architects Westlake Reed Leskosky Design laid out a multiphase plan that recommends a host of infrastructure improvements for the facility's restrooms, seating areas, parking lot, concessions, dressing rooms and lighting for both onstage and along walkways.
Currently, the amphitheater is used for high school graduations and summer concerts, and is also rented out, mostly to studios for movies and commercials. The proposed improvements would help enhance the audience experience, as well as boost the facility's technical and production capabilities, officials said.
"I think we would all agree that the Starlight Bowl is indeed a gem," said Judie Wilke, the city's director of park, recreation and community services. "In order to do more at the bowl, we really need to delve into the existing infrastructure issues."