The planned Reynoldstown Stage along the Eastside Trail Extension will serve as both a performance stage and a place for people to enjoy some peace and quiet along the Beltline.
Community members got their first look at the proposed design Monday night during a community meeting at Grant Park Recreation Center. Atlanta Beltline Inc. staff showed several views for the oculus-shaped stage that will likely be built from steel and rise out of a hillside along the trail.
“Cool” and “looks amazing” were some of the comments from the audience.
The stage will be located north of Memorial Drive and the Metalworks Lofts adjacent to the Beltline on a two-acre plot.
Since the stage will only be used for performances about 10 days throughout the year, it was important that it was also a functional public space, ABI staff said. Risers along the slope can be used as resting place, as seats during a performance and will also serve to anchor the hillside.
Walks and steps lead up to the high ground behind the stage, which has some of the best views in the city.
The design is about 50 percent complete. ABI plans to incorporate changes based on community feedback and continue to complete the design. Construction of the stage and surrounding area is expected to cost about $1 million.
To see the full presentation of the stage from various angles, click here.
During the meeting, ABI staff also provided an update on the Eastside Trail Extension, which is scheduled to be completed next spring.
Early next year, workers expect to close down sections of Irwin Street and Wylie Street to work on the trail. Permited closures will be for 30 days for both sections, but staff said they hope the closures will be closer to 15 days rather than the full month.
Notices will be sent out well in advance of the road closures.