Enhancing the free music experience!
Construction is underway for Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s permanent bathrooms and hospitality center. Arlington construction company, J. Hutcherson Construction, estimates the $3.3 million addition to the outdoor concert venue to take eight months.
When completed, the new facility will feature a second-story hospitality suite above the bathrooms that will accommodate 100 people for special events, meetings and private parties. The suite includes an outdoor deck with an ideal view of the Levitt’s concert stage. With more organizations using the Levitt outside of its free concert season, the hospitality suite makes the venue more appealing to those organizing festivals and events.
“The new hospitality suite will be a huge asset for Downtown Arlington and the Arlington Cultural District,” said Patti Diou, Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s executive director. “The finished suite will be a showcase piece in downtown and a draw for more organizations to use it for festivals and events.”
The new addition will be named the Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic & Spine Hospitality Center. The hospitality suite will be the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation Hospitality Suite. Both organizations were instrumental in getting the project started by donating funds. Baylor Scott & White gave $750,000, and the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation gave $500,000. When complete, the hospitality center will include:
- Women’s bathroom with 16 stalls
- Men’s bathroom with three stalls and four urinals
- Accessible stalls in both bathrooms
- A family bathroom
- Elevator to the hospitality suite
- Small kitchen in the hospitality suite
- A/V equipment for presentations and meetings in the hospitality suite
- Two bathrooms in the hospitality suite
- Concert-viewing deck
The hospitality center will be on the pavilion’s southwest corner, where South and Pecan streets intersect. Bathrooms will be behind the current Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington donor wall with the hospitality suite above.
The hospitality center is funded by generous donations from businesses and organizations, private donors, and foundation grants generated by a capital campaign conducted by Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s staff and board of directors, chaired by Paul Cary.
Levitt Pavilion Arlington was built in 2008 with support from the Levitt Foundation and a grassroots community effort to raise the construction funds. Once it was built, it was gifted to the City of Arlington for Founders’ Plaza, a city park in Downtown Arlington at 100 W. Abram St. Levitt Pavilion Arlington is its own nonprofit 501(c)3 organization responsible for funding and presenting more than 50 free concerts a year, which attracts more than 100,000 people annually. The Levitt is the centerpiece of the Arlington Cultural District, designated by the state of Texas in 2016.
Outside of the Levitt’s concert season, the pavilion is available to rent. Over the last 10 years, the Levitt has been the site for CBS radio’s Mudbug Festival, the Arlington Public Library’s Medieval Arts Festival, the annual Undy Run for Colorectal Cancer, the Walk to Cure Arthritis 5K, the annual CASA SuperHero Run/Walk, the DFW Kidney Walk, RaceTrac’s Run for Research, the UTA Campus Limits Music Festival, PraiseFest, Questival Adventure Race, the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards, the Salvation Army’s Most Amazing Race, and City of Arlington events, including Food Truck Fridays, Light Up Arlington! and the Holiday Lights Parade.
J. Hutcherson Construction has completed projects for clients that include Texas Health Resources, Verizon, John Peter Smith Health Network, Capitol One, Kindred Hospital, Methodist Health System and Star R Foam.
The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association recently announced that Levitt Pavilion Arlington has been designated a Great Public Space by the chapter’s Great Places in Texas program. This is the only such designation earned this year by any space in the entire North Texas region.
Great Places in Texas exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value. This is the third year for the Texas program, which is modeled after the American Planning Association’s ongoing Great Places in America program.
“It’s clear that the Levitt Pavilion was one of the major economic and social catalysts to the redevelopment efforts seen in downtown Arlington today,” said Doug McDonald, APA-Texas Chapter president. “The space has brought people back to the core of Arlington to enjoy arts and entertainment and has become a favorite gathering place for everyone.”
McDonald added that since the Levitt opened in 2008, nearly a dozen restaurants have opened with more planned, and that the Levitt was the catalyst for major investment from the University of Texas at Arlington, which shifted its $300 million expansion into downtown Arlington with new residences, shops, restaurants, parking and nearby College Park.
Great Places in Texas recognizes unique, authentic characteristics found in three essential components of all communities — streets, neighborhoods and public spaces. APA Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live every day, places that are enjoyable, safe and desirable. They are defined by many characteristics, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement.
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