Winter Park Begins Demolition of Main Stage in Downtown District

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jun 14, 2022

WINTER PARK, Florida. – Crews began work Tuesday to dismantle the Central Park Downtown Main Stage in Winter Park.

The three-day demolition of the decades-old structure came after city leaders decided to replace the outdated site.

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Kyle Dudgeon, assistant director of the economic development division, said the project has become a priority over the past year.

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“(The stage) was originally built in the 1980s and the only renovation we did was in 2004 when we blew the canopy off after the hurricanes,” Dudgeon said.

The new Central Park main stage will feature improved structural integrity and an improved sound system. City leaders said it was designed to complement the architecture of the nearby Winter Park station.

“We want to have this unique value and some of these unique environmental things that Central Park and Winter Park bring to the community (which) is really part of our staple here,” Dudgeon said.

According to the city, more than 75 major events are held in the downtown district each year.

Marie Murphy lives nearby and said the demolition came with mixed emotions.

“It’s a bit sad to see the old stage go, but it’s going to be exciting to see what’s to come,” Murphy said.

City leaders said the new performance pavilion costs more than $700,000 and was funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

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Construction of the project is expected to take approximately three months.

A grand opening of the stage is scheduled for the end of September.

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