TROY —Treasure Island Park will have its grand opening and lighthouse dedication today.
An open house and tours will be held from 3-5 p.m. for the public to view the park and marina building’s renovation up close before the summer season’s events ramp up through the fall.
A dedication of the park’s light house will be held at 3 p.m. The lighthouse was a gift from the Troy Foundation to commemorate the foundation’s 90th anniversary and the city of Troy’s 2014 Bicentennial celebration.
The amphitheater will seat up to 1,000 people and features electrical hook-ups for bands to plug in and rock out on the river. Treasure Island’s new amphitheater will host a variety of free concerts including a Jimmy Buffet cover band “Parrots of the Caribbean” on July 23 as part of the park’s “River Rock” concert series.
The contract for Treasure Island Park was awarded to Double Jay Construction of Englewood for $1.686 million in May 2015.
This spring, Ron and Larry Smith signed a five-year agreement to occupy the Marina’s restaurant space as “Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant.”
Executive chef Ron Smith said he hoped to open the doors to Smith’s Boathouse Restaurant by mid-summer, if not sooner.
The restaurant will feature causal American fare, salad bar and seafood specials.
Final work to expand the outdoor wrap-around decking to more than 6-feet wide is still under way. The space will allow more room for outdoor dining with new wire fencing and gates to section off parties if needed.
Chris Jackson of Tipp City signed a three-year concession agreement with the CIC for seasonal canoe, kayak and other watercraft on Tuesday. Jackson has dubbed the business “Adventures on the Great Miami.”
In 2014, Bruns General Contracting was awarded the contract for the Marina building at Treasure Island Park with a successful bid of $959,274, including all alternates for the project.
Below is a list of upcoming Treasure Island Park events:
• The Great Miami 12 Mile River Race & Fun Float — June 25
Join others at the first annual Great Miami 12 Mile River Race and Fun Float. The event starts at the Treasure Island Marina in Troy, and ending with an after party at Adventures on the Great Miami. This unique 12-mile river race is open to all skill levels with awards for best time overall, best team (canoe), best individual (kayak or S.U.P. Board), and spirit fun float. Park at Adventures on the Great Miami, 1955 E. Ross Road, Tipp City, to take a shuttle ride to Treasure Island Park in Troy to begin the race. For more information, call (937) 266-6252 or visit www.greatmiami.net.
• Phil Dirt Presents: Surf’s Up, A Tribute to the Beach Boys — June 25
Surf’s Up is the nation’s hottest beach party band with more than 20 years of performing experience. Dancing and singing along to the music of The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Hondells, Ronny and The Daytonas, and other beach party bands creates a fun and enjoyable atmosphere that will entertain everyone as to kick off the summer. The event will be held at Treasure Island Park in Troy. For more information, call (937) 335-1725 or visit www.troyohio.gov.
• Stranger in Concert at Treasure Island Park — July 9
Stranger is a Dayton band that was formed in 1996. The concept of the band is simple — The ’80s rule. Participants will sing along with every song and could end up on stage singing with Stranger at some point in the show as well. The event will be held at the Treasure Island Park in Troy.
• TriTroy — July 10
This year marks the triumphant return of the TriTroy. Staged at the recently renovated Treasure Island Park, the TriTroy starts with a 2 mile canoe course, followed by a 15 mile bike ride and concludes with a 4 mile run. Most will compete as a 2-person team, but there is also a solo division.
Entry fee is $120 for teams and $50 for solo participants. For complete details or to register, see www.speedy-feet.com. The event begins at 11 a.m.
All participants will receive a custom shirt, custom finisher’s medal, and post-race refreshments. Team entries also include the canoe, life vests, and paddles.
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