Levitt Shell Construction Gets a Head Start!

Construction of the “Levitt at the Falls” Amphitheater will get a head start through a partnership with Lloyd Companies. Grading for phase I of the project in Falls Park West will begin this week.

Lloyd Companies has gifted the City approximately 10,000 cubic yards of fill material, along with the transportation and placement of the material. The material otherwise would have needed to be purchased to create a sloped lawn for the outdoor amphitheater, and this partnership will save the project approximately $100,000.

The site of the Cascade at Falls Park project just across the street has been remediated of contaminated materials as approved by the South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources. Lloyd Companies now will excavate, haul, and place suitable soil at the Levitt Shell construction site.

“This is a great opportunity to get a head start on the Levitt Shell project. The hauling and placement of this fill by Lloyd Companies will aid in the ultimate build out of Falls Park West and provide more time for us to complete the project in preparation for the 2019 concert season,” says Don Kearney, Director of Parks and Recreation.

The project was originally scheduled to break ground in spring 2018. The project involves construction of a multipurpose festival grounds, including public restrooms, connective pathways, accessible viewing, site furnishings, landscaping, and the Levitt Shell.

Initial site grading is scheduled to begin this week. Efforts will include removals of sidewalk, stockpiling of the existing topsoil, placement of fill materials, and installation of erosion control measures. Pedestrian detours will be in place prior to construction starting. Park users are urged to use caution when near the construction area.

Construction of the remaining portions of the project is scheduled to begin in the spring, with completion planned for 2019.