Visitors to Riverside Village will be able to see the shape of the city’s new amphitheater, set to open sometime in May.

The city is building a 600-seat amphitheater in a riverfront park next to Southbound Smokehouse, and Parks, Recreation and Tourism director Rick Meyer said the venue will bring increased traffic to the existing businesses and offer a place for folks to enjoy the Savannah River.

“Now you have a place that you can go to to sit down and eat lunch on a pretty day, you’ve got a place where you can go sit and read a book and look at the river,” he said.

“You know, it’s a calming place.”

Meyer said around now, construction crews are pouring concrete, laying brick and working on the actual aisles of the amphitheater, which will be covered in artificial turf.

The name of the park is still being discussed, Meyer said, as well as programming and events.

He said there will be both free events and ticketed events.

“You’re going to have limited seating capacity, so you’ve got to find your niche, and trust me, we don’t know what that is yet because we haven’t done enough of that to know,” he said, adding they are checking out other amphitheaters in the state, like the Icehouse in Lexington.

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Lindsey is the North Augusta reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017, and grew up in Hodges, SC.