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TOL PR 2016-10-13 Stage Construction Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Construction of New Permanent Town Green Stage Begins on Thursday, October 13, 2016 New stage will be in place for the Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 2, 2016. Leesburg, VA (October 13, 2016) – Last May, a truck crashed through the brick wall on the second level of the Town Hall parking garage and landed on the Town Green below, crushing the two circular wrought iron benches near the doors into the Town Hall lobby. Thankfully, the driver was unharmed. The accident gave town staff an opportunity to rethink the design of that portion of the Town Green. More than a dozen times a year, staff erects a temporary stage in front of the benches and extends electrical cables across the walkway to the outlets under the arcade on the east side of the green, for events like the Flower and Garden Festival, the Acoustic on the Green concert series and the annual Christmas Tree & Menorah Lighting ceremony. With the benches out of the way, town staff suggested installing a permanent stage. The King’s Masons, a masonry company from Manassas, Virginia, began construction of that new permanent stage on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The stage will be 35 feet long at its widest point and 11 feet deep. The stage platform will be 15 inches high with 21-inch seat walls along a portion of the back of the stage. Multiple power outlets will be built into the stage to provide electricity for events. The stage will be ADA accessible via portable ramps. The brick and precast concrete will match existing similar elements on the Town Hall. The stage was designed by Bill Ference, the town’s Parks & Open Space Planner. The Board of Architectural Review approved the design on May 16, 2016. Construction costs for the stage total $56,000. # # #