After being closed for renovations for two summers, historic Robin Hood Dell East concert venue will reopen this summer, city officials announced yesterday.
The venue, which will now be known as the Dell Music Center, was shut before the 2008 summer concert series after a broken drainage system allowed storm water to seep under half of the amphitheater's seating, causing significant damage to its foundation.
Renovations cost the city $6.4 million. Part of that came from $250,000 contributions from six City Council members, who designated money from their offices' capital budgets.
"One of the toughest decisions in 2008 was dealing with the condition of the Dell," Mayor Nutter said at a news conference. "The Dell, unlike most recreation centers, is understood to be a citywide facility. What the Council members did was a statement to the city."
Council members Jannie Blackwell, Darrell Clarke, Marian Tasco, Donna Reed Miller, Maria Quinones-Sanchez and Curtis Jones Jr. - who represents the district that includes the Dell - gave the money.
Officials are still in talks about setting money aside for routine maintenance of the Dell.
The 2010 concert series kicks off Monday, July 12, and will run every Monday through August.
The headliner for the July 12 concert has yet to be announced because of contract issues.
Other headliners this summer include R&B artists Brian McKnight and Heads of State, which includes Bobby Brown.