Demolition begins at former Blue Jacket amphitheater in Greene County

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Demolition began Monday on the former Blue Jacket Ampitheather in Greene County.

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Demolition work began today of the former Blue Jacket theater at Caesar’s Ford Park in Greene County.

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Rezod LLC was awarded the $308,851 contract to demolish the amphitheater, as well as the two faux-rock stages, tunnel and the tackroom/bunk house, according to Greene County Parks and Trails.

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Other structures on the 65-acre park off South Stringtown Road will be saved: The gift shop, restrooms, concession stand, pole barn and the dining hall, which according to the county is the former Frisch’s “dining fly” that was salvaged from the 1974 tornado.

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The amphitheater seats, which according to former theater workers, came from Cincinnati’s former Riverfront Stadium, are also being preserved for reuse.

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A sign is to be installed honoring First Frontier, Inc., the organization that started the outdoor theater group in the early 1980s.

Demotion work is expected to be completed by Tuesday, according to Gretchen Rives, spokeswoman for county parks and trails.

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