The city of Denver celebrated a groundbreaking Thursday at the site of what is to be a public outdoor concert venue in south Denver's Ruby Hill Park, developed with backing from a nonprofit foundation.

The planned 7,500-capacity Levitt Pavilion Denver -- which has been in the works for several years -- will host 50 free performances each year, officials said, plus possibly additional shows scheduled by outside promoters, schools and nonprofits as well as private events.

“Having access to the arts right in our neighborhoods is a wonderful way to bring new vibrancy into the lives of our residents,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who was joined by District 7 Councilman Jolon Clark at the ceremony. “Not only will Levitt Pavilion bring live music entertainment and investment to the local economy, it [also] creates another place for the community to come together in one of Denver’s most beautiful parks.”

The planned amphitheater is located along the South Platte River between West Florida and West Jewell avenues across the river from Overland Golf Course.

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