BY SATHIYAN SIVAKUMARAN, HUBCAP VISTA, THE HUB
The community in Hinton, WV made great strides in achieving a project goal they set for themselves as part of The Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program (HubCAP): building an amphitheater.
This January, community leaders displayed plans for the New River Performing Arts Amphitheater to the public. The amphitheater is perfect situated to engage the community with Hinton’s natural beauty.
Both WVNS and WVVA covered the reveal of the plans.
“’…Hinton was built by the railroad and we want to incorporate that into the theater using railroad ties where people can sit as well as a big mural with a train on it,’ said Hinton City Manager Cris Meadows.
The finished product is projected to have 500 seats overlooking the railroad and Hinton’s crowned jewel — the New River.
‘Anything we can do to get people outside. We love the fact that Hinton is right here on the river. This will give them a nice view of the river and the trains, showcasing our beauty and history all at once.’
City leaders also hope to use the site as a future venue for Hinton’s ‘Festival of Rivers’ that happens each year on Labor Day weekend.”
According to Sarah Rogers, the PreserveWV AmeriCorps Member for Hinton, “This amphitheater project has the potential to bring economic development and revitalize Hinton’s railyard district. Utilizing the existing building infrastructure, this project will respect the historic fabric and improve upon vacant land.”
Cris Meadows and other community members in Hinton have been actively involved in this New River Performing Arts Amphitheater initiative through HubCAP. The initiative is seen by the city as a great way to revitalize the town and engage residents and visitors alike.