Shape of things to come

Amphitheater's new covering arrives in time for summer fun

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A member of the crew secures a steel truss in place atop the amphitheater at Centennial Center Park on May 2.
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Like all others assembled for the "topping-off" event, Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon, center, donned a hard hat.
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A crane hoists the steel truss up toward its permanent position atop the amphitheater at Centennial Center Park on May 2.
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Centennial City Councilmember Keith Gardner signs his name on the truss, not far from the mayor's name to his left.
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Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon, city councilmembers and staff gathered the morning of May 2 for a “topping-off” ceremony to mark the near-conclusion of improvements at Centennial Center Park's amphitheater. Steel trusses were put in place — but not before being signed by the mayor and councilmembers — to facilitate the amphitheater's new covering.

On June 7, the city will kick off summer and celebrate the amphitheater's upgrades with a free concert featuring Eagles tribute band “The Long Run,” as well as additional music acts, children's activities and food trucks.

Many more events will follow throughout the summer, and the new stage covering is expected to rain-proof performances.

Overall, more than $1 million in improvements to the 11-acre park, which opened in 2012, are expected to soon be completed. In addition to the stage covering, they include:
● Electrical enhancements at the amphitheater that are expected to help attract professional performers.
● Construction of a “loading pathway” to the amphitheater for performers.
● New shade structures.
● A picnic shelter at the south end of the park.
The park is located on the north side of Arapahoe Road, between South Revere Parkway and South Vaughn Street. For more information, go to www.centennialco.gov/Open-Space-Parks/centennial-center-park.aspx