YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The first community engagement and inclusion coordinator for the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre and Riverfront Park was announced on Thursday.
Two years ago, when building the amphitheater was first suggested, councilman Julius Oliver wanted someone hired who would get city residents involved with it and act as a liason to city hall.
Now, Derrick McDowell is taking that position.
“And we’re not just talking about engaging them and including them. We’re talking about their feedback and their ideas and helping facilitate and cultivate what they want to see brought here,” McDowell said.
McDowell signed a one-year contract with the city, paying him $40,000 a year. He will also continue to run the Youngstown Flea.
The amphitheater’s stage is taking shape, many of the walkways are in place and passersby can see where the lawn will go.
The venue will start its inaugural season on June 14.