Work underway on amphitheater near Carolina Field of Honor
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Veterans dedicated the Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park last month, but visitors will see other additions to the park over the next several months, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Construction crews are prepping the surrounding land for an amphitheater, disc golf course and shelter – all part of Phase 8 of the Triad Park Master Plan.
Mike Anderson, director of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation, said the contractor started work on the site about a month ago. Workers are grading the amphitheater land and have started clearing land for the disc golf course.
The project should be completed and available for public use by next spring, Anderson said.
The 426-acre park spans portions of Forsyth and Guilford counties near Kernersville and Colfax. The counties agreed to build an amphitheater in an area bordering the Carolina Field of Honor, a veterans memorial that features a granite obelisk more than 60 feet tall, a cascading fountain and other stone markers.
Members of the War Memorial Foundation raised $5 million for the memorial project, including the donation of park space by Forsyth and Guilford counties, and coordinated its construction.
The counties are paying for the amphitheater construction and other Phase 8 additions to the park. Forsyth County is paying its portion using bond money set aside for park projects.
Forsyth also received a $500,000 grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to help fund Phase 8 of the master plan, which includes the amphitheater, a 300-person picnic shelter and an 18-hole disc golf course.
Once completed, the amphitheater will have lawn seating for about 3,000 people. Anderson said the amphitheater could be used for concerts and other performances.
“We really intended it to be more of a multi-use type area… It really opens the door to a lot of possibilities,” Anderson said.
The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners selected Hodgin Construction in March to complete the project for $1.96 million. The contract included a base bid for the amphitheater and eight options for items such as a concrete seating, flood light and restrooms.
“It will be a fantastic project once it’s finished,” said Bill Moss, a veteran and War Memorial Foundation board member.
Moss said the response to the Carolina Field of Honor has been great.
“It’s doing exactly what we want it to do – have a great tribute to veterans in our area,” Moss said.