10 Jul Levitt Pavilion Denver | Denver, Colorado
Levitt Pavilion Denver is an exciting project that has the potential to reshape a neighborhood and provide cultural opportunities in an underserved community. Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver is a partnership between the City of Denver and the national nonprofit Levitt Pavilions.
The group is currently raising funds to build an outdoor concert venue that will present at least 50 free, public concerts each year. The amphitheater will be built in Ruby Hill Park in southwest Denver. This community of low-income, working class families has largely been bypassed by the redevelopment activities that have taken place in other parts of Denver.
Since 1974, Levitt Pavilions has partnered with cities across the country to transform under-utilized public spaces into outdoor music venues. At each of the other six Levitt Pavilion sites, the new outdoor amphitheaters have successfully transformed little-used spaces into vibrant community destinations that have helped to activate and improve the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Boettcher Foundation was pleased to support this project with a capital grant not only because of the project’s commitment to create a cultural amenity accessible to an underserved neighborhood, but also because of its potential to activate the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, Levitt Pavilion Denver is forging partnerships with a number of nonprofits—including Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Symphony, Denver Zoo, Opera Colorado, Wonderbound and University of Colorado Denver’s Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department—that would encourage collaboration while increasing cultural opportunities in southwest Denver.