We’ve been telling you about Project DTO which is a task force looking into how to continue to improve Downtown Orlando.
As part of process the Project DTO Arts & Culture Committee created list of findings of need. One of those was looking at concepts for an updated Lake Eola amphitheater and a master plan for all of Lake Eola Park.
As part of that report, two concepts were looked at by the committee. According to Arts & Culture committee chairperson Jennifer Quigley it’s important to remember that they are just that, concepts.
“The DTO process was for the Committee to do research and present the findings to the Executive Committee who will then analysis and make recommendations to the CRA Advisory Council and City Commissioners,” she told Bungalower.
The report also does not identify funding for the potential improvements.
Both concepts call for a an entire new structure that faces in towards the park instead of out toward the street. To provide ample space, the concepts also call for filling in a small part of the lake.
The design of the amphitheater is based on the one in St. Augustine which has around 4,000 fixed seats, the concepts show only grass seating, but provide for a secure area for ticketed or private events including an “art/retention wall.”
On both plans there is a beach area. While the plan notes that swimming will most likely be prohibited, it won’t prohibit “scenic views and between your toes.”
Both concepts also include an extension of the current plaza just off Washington St which is used for vendors and also adds more concessions and restrooms for the park.
The main difference between the two plans is the angle that the amphitheater faces and therefore how much of the lake they will need to fill in.
On one concept the amphitheater faces north towards Robinson St and this provides for more park space and seating and even calls for a water feature along Central Blvd behind the amphitheater.
The other concept faces more into the middle of the lake, but does not have as much seating area/park space added.
Here’s a look at the two concepts:
H/T nite owl