The ground has softened and construction has officially begun on a new entertainment venue in Oswego’s Orchard Road Corridor.
The Oswego Entertainment Venue will be located on three acres of land at the north end of Station Drive, near the Park N Ride lot and future Metra station, on Oswego’s west side. It will include an amphitheater to be used as a community amenity for concerts, festivals and local performing arts groups, as well as green space open to the community.
In October, the community held a kick-off event to celebrate the start of the project, with performances from local student groups and speeches that illustrated the vision for the space as an amenity for all of Oswego to enjoy.
Now ground has begun moving in earnest on the first phase of the project, which will include a 40-foot by 60-foot bandshell with sound and lighting, plus seeded greenspace so that residents and visitors can bring lawn chairs and enjoy performances. A later phase will include a playground, landscape enhancements, walkways, restrooms and concession stand, art installations, entryway pavers, and functional and aesthetic improvements to the bandshell.
Weather permitting, the first phase of the project is expected to be completed in July. The turf is expected to be strong enough for foot traffic by the end of August.
Donation campaign underway
To keep costs low and accelerate the pace of constructing this community amenity, the Village of Oswego has launched a campaign seeking both monetary donations and donated goods and services.
“This is truly a community effort,” Village President Troy Parlier said. “The amazing thing about Oswego is that every Oswegoan knows they have a part to play in building this community, and it’s been great to see so many of our partners step up and say they want to contribute.”
Donors who have already committed to the project include:
- Local business owner Kevin Fialko, who donated the land
- H. Linden & Sons, which has donated construction services and equipment
- Integral Construction, which has donated construction services
- Schoppe Design, which has donated landscape architecture services
- Property Concepts, Inc., which donated the topsoil
- KCM Demolition and Excavation, which has donated time and equipment to hauling topsoil to the site
- D Construction, Inc., which has donated clean clay fill and time for loading the material
Contribution levels begin at just $150 and include recognition on a brick paver perfect for memorializing a loved one, honoring a special day, or giving a shout-out to a fellow Oswegoan. Other contribution levels will be recognized with a variety of acknowledgements on the venue’s future donor wall and promotional materials.
Residents and businesses interested in contributing can donate directly to the campaign and find more information about the project at www.oswegoil.org/amphitheater.