A big amphitheater with the capacity to hold 4,500 people will be coming to Muscatine but it may be a minute before it's open.

The amphitheater will sit between the river and the railroad tracks on Riverside Park. It will be able to be used for events like weddings, concerts, and performances. It is designed with an open concept, featuring a roof simulating a wave (which also stands for Waterfront Activity Venue for Everyone).

“People are most excited about what it’s going to be. It’s above and beyond what people will expect, a big city feel of an amphitheater in Muscatine,” Brenda Christensen, co-chair of Keep Muscatine Beautiful, told KWQC.

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This project is a long time coming. Plans to create the community space in Muscatine began in 1997. Even though it's right beside the river, Christensen says flooding isn't a concern because it's built to withstand it.

The other hope with the amphitheater is that it will provide a boost to the city of Muscatine and help it grow. “It just adds to our portfolio here, add economic development to come to Muscatine," Muscatine Mayor Brad Bark told the station. "You can watch a great show and come down and eat at our local restaurants and come down and socialize.”

It may be a while before the amphitheater hosts its first festival though. Fundraising efforts are in place and organizers estimate the project to carry a $10 million price tag. Once ground is broken on it, it could take a year to build. There will be some more open houses for the public's input.

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