Laredo: District 6 Council Member Proposes North Central Park Amphitheater
Feature Photo (above): Laredo District 6 Council Member Marte Martinez. Image: City of Laredo video archives.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Laredo (Webb County) — Dr. Marte Martinez, and council member for District 6 submitted a request for the city’s staff to conduct an in-house design for an amphitheater at the northernmost tip of North Central Park.
Located southwest of the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and International Boulevard, that portion of the park is a line detention pond. The paved North Central Park walking trail circles around the entire pond.
At the conclusion of the Oct. 21 regular session, Martinez said the pond has already been serving recently as a venue for a summer concert series and other community events.
“We did a movie night in the park,” Martinez said. He has also mentioned previously that it could serve as a venue for Shakespeare in the Park theatrical performances.
Martinez made a motion to being the design process. Council passed his motion unanimously.
There was no cost estimate. Martinez said that is to be part of the design process.
The detention pond at North Central Park that is being proposed for conversion to an amphitheater. Image: Google Streets.
Some improvements are already in the works. He said that a tree planting will take place Nov. 23 to provide shade along the west side where the pond meets a creek. Another tree planting will occur later along the northern edge.
“The southeast portion is where we plan on putting a stage because the water doesn’t get up that high,” he said.
The remainder of the pond could be landscaped for sports activities such as soccer, and to hold large crowds.
Martinez said he would look at district priority funds for some of the financing. Other sources are being looked at, including private donations.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.