Amphitheater coming to Jones Park thanks to donation from Miron Construction
After 100 years in business Miron Construction Co., Inc. is celebrating its 100th anniversary by leaving a lasting legacy near the place where the company was founded. The company is donating a new amphitheater to Jones Park in downtown Appleton.
It’s a fitting donation, says Mayor Tim Hanna, as Miron served as the construction manager for the Fox Cities Exhibition Center and is also the lead contractor on the renovations of Jones Park.
“The amphitheater will be a great fit for Jones Park and a wonderful complement the renovations to the park and the Fox Cities Exhibition Center that overlooks it all,” he said.
Miron, which originated on N. Story St. in Appleton, has a long history of commitment to the community. In lieu of hosting a centennial celebration event, the company instead chose to leave a lasting legacy with the donation of the amphitheater.
“The Fox Cities has granted us the opportunity to construct numerous facilities that shape the landscape of our region. We are grateful to continue experiencing success 100 years after our inception and as such, desired the chance to give back to a community that has played such a vital role in our growth and accomplishments. This is a gift on behalf of not only my business partner (David G. Voss, Jr.) and I, but on behalf of our 1,500-strong team of individuals who bring commitment and passion to offices and project sites across the United States each and every day,” Tim Kippenhan, COO and vice president of Miron, said.
The 2,600 square foot amphitheater will be located on the east end of the park facing back toward the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, there will be plenty of open area for seating in the portion of the park which will double as a hockey rink during the winter months. The back of the amphitheater will feature two backstage rooms totaling 500 square feet. Backstage spaces will provide performers with an area to prepare for performances and stage equipment; each space has its own dedicated restroom facilities. The amphitheater will be constructed with many of the same materials as the warming house for the hockey rink, so it will blend in naturally with the landscape.
“It really says something about a company that has been in business for 100 years that they have decided to come back to their roots, close to where the company was founded, to make a donation like this,” Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna said. “This project is indicative of several recent projects we have done with Miron that happen to be in Appleton, but benefit the entire Fox Cities region.”
Construction on the amphitheater is scheduled to start in mid-August, with an anticipated completion in October of this year, along with the completion of the warming house and the remainder of the Jones Park renovations. A ceremonial groundbreaking event is scheduled for early August. The donation of the amphitheater must still receive final approval from the Common Council.
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