$1.2 million gift will help Lexington build an amphitheater

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A gift is giving the city of Lexington a new place for concerts.

On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Gray and Picnic with the Pops Commission President Kip Cornett announced a $1.2 million donation that will be given to Town Branch Park for an amphitheater that will be able to hold up to 5,000 people and become a permanent home for Picnic With the Pops.

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The funds come from money Picnic With The Pops has been collecting since the early 1980s.

“The proceeds from decades of food, and fun, and music will fund a new home for Picnic With the Pops,” Gray said. “Thousands of people who have enjoyed this favorite Lexington tradition will be making a contribution to a permanent home for it, an amphitheater downtown in Town Branch Park.”

Town Branch Park will be on a 10-acre site adjacent to the recently approved expansion of Rupp Arena and Lexington Center.

The amphitheater is expected to be completed in 2022.