Dillon Amphitheater Improvement Project

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Dillon Amphitheater Improvement Project


Each year Dillon Town Council meets to determine priorities for the upcoming year. These priorities are typically set in order to support the goals and objectives outlined in the Town's comprehensive plan, further Economic Development of the Dillon Town Core or to meet a critical need within the community.

Examples of past priorities include but are not limited to; street improvements, park improvements, and Marina improvements. 

The Dillon Amphitheater Improvement was first prioritized in 2010 and was subsequently put on hold in favor of Marina improvements. Knowing that the Dillon Marina is slated to receive funding from the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement (CRCA), that will allow the Marina to move forward with initiatives included in the Dillon Marina Master Plan, Council chose to re-visit the Amphitheater project in 2016.

The goal of focusing on the Dillon Amphitheater lay not only in improving the deteriorating facility, increasing the restroom capacity and improving ADA accessibility; but also leveraging the facility as an economic driver in order to continue to support the goal of Economic Development in Dillon's Core Area. 

Event surveys show and business owners communicate that Dillon Amphitheater patrons spend money within the Town of Dillon and events create a positive economic impact. Furthermore, revenue gained through concession sales will offset a portion of the cost of event programming and may be used on other town initiatives. 



Maintain the culture of the venue 

  • Be conscious of views- locate buildings further downhill
  • Create a contemporary facility
  • Maintain dancing zones while still providing flexibility for programming

Improve patron amenities

  • Reduce slope of lawn seating
  • Improve sight-lines by raising the stage
  • Increase restroom fixtures
  • Provide options for concessions
  • Provide a variety of accessible seating options

 Attract a variety of acts (including paid events)

  • Appropriate Dressing & staging/storage areas
  • Ability to host paid events

Offer festival space

  • Provide plaza spaces & zones
  • Flexibility for rental

Improve backstage and functional support

  • Larger green rooms & plumbing fixtures
  • Increased storage
  • Improved loading/unloading capabilities
  • On-site Parks & Maintenance storage


Amphitheater Design Development Plans (8/2/16)

Amphitheater Design Development Plans (9/6/16)

Amphitheater Design Plans (10/4/16) 

Visual Impact:

Dillon Amphitheater Aerial Photo from September 22, 1991 



As part of the design process, we conducted a Visual Impact Study in order to better understand the impact of the proposed structures and elevations.

BEFORE                                                                    AFTER

VisualimpactStreetBefore  Visualimpactstreetafter 
visualimpactBestwesternbefore  VisualimpactBestwesternafter 
visualimpactamphbefore  visualimapcatamphafter - Copy - Copy 


Process & Timeline:

Amphitheater Improvement Study to identify Scope and Needs

August 2009
Issued (RFP) Request for Proposal for Amphitheater Improvement Study

September 2009
Interviewed (4) four design firms to develop Amphitheater Improvement Study

January 2010
Contracted Sink, Combs, Dethlefs to prepare the Amphitheater Improvement 

July 2011
Reviewed Draft Report and Original Market Feasibility

July 2012 Reviewed revised report with expanded Market Feasibility Study

Amphitheater Improvement Study to identify Scope and Needs

May 28, 2015
Amphitheater Improvement Study conclusions at Town Council Retreat

September 1, 2015          
Contracted Sink Combs, Dethlefs to complete an Amphitheater Masterplan

Work Session Discussions:

October 20, 2015, Amphitheater Concert Series Discussion
March 15, 2016, Amphitheater Master Plan Discussion
April 5, 2016, Amphitheater Discussion
April 19, 2016, Dillon Amphitheater Follow Up
May 3, 2016, Amphitheater Master Plan Discussion

10/28/15: Community Stakeholder Meeting (interactive input session)
  • 4:30 - 5:50 PM Dillon Businesses
  • 6:00 - 7:20 PM Home Owner Associations (HOA)
  • 7:30- 9:00 PM User Groups

1/28/16: Community Open House including Amphitheater overview.

8/2/16: Work Session Design Development discussion & site tour.

9/6/16: Work session discussion regarding Design Development.

10/4/16: Round two of materials presentation.

4/1/17: Demolition of the concession stand and current bathrooms in conjunction with Marina Drive/Lodgepole Street reconstruction project.

6/10 - 7/9/17: Dillon Amphitheater open for Friday & Saturday Night Concerts & Movies on the Water.
6/15/17 - 9/02/17: Saturday Concerts in Town Park. 

7/10/17: Amphitheater Construction begins.

7/1/18: Amphitheater Construction scheduled completion.

2018 Summer Concerts will kick-off June 29. A grand re-opening celebration is slated for late July 28. 

Final Amphitheater Rendering:


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