The National Parks Service has started planning work on the renovation of the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, between Beach Drive and 16th St. NW.
The currently unused and decaying 4,200-seat music venue will be restored with help from a new non-profit alliance, DCist.com reports.
“You just kind of disappear into the woods,” NPS deputy superintendent Brian Joyner told DCist/WAMU on a recent walk around the amphitheater grounds. “It is a relaxing place to come and spend an evening listening to music. And the idea that this sits tucked right in the middle of the city is an amazing thing.”
A new schematic design includes a stage rehabilitation and infrastructure upgrades. The stage alone could cost as much as $2 million, while the larger project is expected to cost more than $20 million, the NPS estimates.
NPS hopes to have a preliminary design and renderings ready by mid-2023.