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State panel signs off on $5.5 million in improvements to Blossom Music Center

TNS Regional News • Apr 22, 2014 at 7:07 PM

The Ohio Controlling Board signed off Monday on $5.5 million in repairs to the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.

The funding request was made by Kent State University and the Musical Arts Association to reimburse them for previous repairs to the popular concert and festival venue.

The first phase of the work addressed pedestrian access for those with disabilities along with the general public.

Work also centered on improving access the entrance area along with patron services areas on the top of the Blossom Music amphitheater lawn.

The project also addressed ADA concerns in existing structures on the grounds.

The second phase called for the construction of new ADA-compliant facilities including restrooms, transportation access and concessions .

Workers also made changes to the seating arrangements within the pavilion.

The second phase also called for new lighting on the grounds along with walkway light poles along the pathways.

The funding approved totalled $5,512,500.

Covering some 800 acres, the Blossom Music Center is the summer home of the Cleveland orchestra and is a concert venue with a capacity to host more than 19,000 people including 5,700 seated in its pavilion.

Blossom’s last major renovation was in 2003.


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