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Outdoor amphitheater possible in far east El Paso
By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- More entertainment could be coming to the Far East side. El Paso District 5 City Council Representative Michiel Noe said he is pushing for a new amphitheater in the 92-acre empty lot at Montana Avenue and Hueco Club Road.
Noe said the City Council already approved a new park, recreation center, swimming pool and sports fields in that area. Now, Noe hopes to add an outdoor amphitheater to that project.
"It would have music under the stars, that type of venue. You could have plays out there. You could have all kinds of competitions," Noe said.
Noe said the park project is expected to cost $50 million to $60 million, without factoring in the cost for an amphitheater. He said the City Council would still need to approve the possibility.
Although the name is expected to change, the city currently refers to the park project as the "East Side Regional Park."
Noe said the amphitheater proposal would incorporate art because that would allow the city to find money to fund the project.
"We always have that with every project we do, public art. There's money set aside for public art, and so I'm trying to incorporate that money into an amphitheater," Noe said.
"I am a ballet teacher here in El Paso, and I have been for more than 40 years. I think I'm a little bit prejudiced because I think more arts and entertainment for El Paso can only improve the quality of life for El Paso," east El Paso resident Andree Harper said.
Noe also expects the possibility of a new amphitheater to accommodate expansion in far east El Paso.
As KFOX14 previously reported, Noe's is the largest district in the city. It also has the most growth with about 100,000 people. El Paso County also expects there could be about 50,000 more houses on the far east side in the next 20 years.
"It gives that community what they deserve, like what every other part of the city has. That's because the city just grew so fast out there, that the city just had a hard time keeping up with the population," Noe said.
Construction on the East Side Regional Park project is expected to start in the next few years. In the meantime, Noe said he will continue to advocate for the outdoor amphitheater project.