Council OK’s Amphitheater Naming Rights

BLYTHEWOOD (June 2, 2016) – Town Council gave the OK Tuesday morning to an agreement with the Doko Meadows Park Foundation and Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union to construct an amphitheater in Doko Meadows Park and naming it the Palmetto Citizens Amphitheater.

The nearly $400,000 project is being funded with a grant and pledges from across the community, including $125,000 from the credit union for naming rights.

“It’s exciting that we have that commitment from our new credit union that’s coming to town,” Mayor J. Michael Ross said.

Ross said the venue will not include formal seating, but will be open and will include a stage, lighting and sound equipment. Capacity, Ross estimated, could be between 2,000 and 3,000 people. The project has not yet been put out for bid, Ross said.

“As a community chartered credit union, we’re happy to be able to support great projects that better the communities we serve, like the Doko Meadows Park amphitheater,” Nick Wodagaza, president of Palmetto Citizens, said. “We’re excited for this opportunity to further show our support for Blythewood and look forward to opening our new office her later this year.”

In addition to the credit union, several community members and companies have made pledges or contributions to the Foundation for the amphitheater. Those contributors will be announced later, the Foundation said.

“We are excited about the amount of progress the foundation has made in a relatively short time in raising funds to build this new addition to Doko Meadows Park,” Jim McLean, Foundation president, said. “Our approach was to contact companies and individuals who have a presence in the community and the responses have been great. We strongly believe this new venue will further enhance our community charm for our citizens and visitors alike.”

Construction is expected to begin soon, with the goal of opening the amphitheater early next year.