Workers from DGR Grant Construction Inc. of Richland make the first concrete pour Monday for the footings of the new HAPO Community Stage in the southwest corner of the John Dam Plaza in Richland.
The work is part of a new 2,350-square-foot outdoor stage that will seat between 1,500 and 2,000 people, according to the city.
Spectators will sit in a bowl around the stage for better viewpoints.
The structure will include a dressing room and restroom for performers, storage area and electrical room.
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The project had a budget of $807,000, with $600,000 of that coming from 2014 and 2015 lodging taxes.
But it got a boost when the state Recreation and Conservation Office pledged an additional $300,000, bringing the total cost to just over $1.1 million.
It is scheduled to be completed in February.
The local credit union is paying $300,000 over 10 years for naming rights.