TROY — To kick off its inaugural year, Troy’s Treasure Island Park’s calendar is swimming with events this summer from concerts to cruise-ins.
Treasure Island Park will have its grand opening and lighthouse dedication on June 12. An open house and tours will be held from 3-5 p.m. for the public to see the park and marina building’s renovation up close before the summer season’s events ramp up through the fall.
Mayor Michael Beamish said the summer of 2016 will be filled with fun-filled activities along its riverfront.
“If you are living in the Miami Valley, you can come to Troy about any day of the week and find something to do this summer,” Beamish said. “The summer of 2016 is going to have some exciting activities at Treasure Island Park. We have new ventures, we have our shelter house, we have our amphitheater … it’s going to be an exciting time.”
Beamish thanked the many staff members, city council and community organizations who helped bring the Treasure Island Park and Marina renovation to fruition as part of the city’s Riverfront Development Project.
“Our community is the benefactor, sometimes we don’t see that, but we need to realize that every piece we put in place provides opportunities for people of all ages to have something to enjoy in Troy, Ohio U.S.A.,” said Mayor Michael Beamish. “They don’t have to go farther than Troy, Miami County and in this general region to see there is a value in this area.
“We don’t have the mountains, we don’t have the oceans, but we certainly have a great river and resources and treasures right here in this Miami Valley,” Beamish said. “I want to say thank you to our great communities for their support.”
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 amphitheater will seat up to 1,000 people and features electrical hook-ups for bands to plug in and rock out on the river.
The contract for Treasure Island Park was awarded to Double Jay Construction of Englewood for $1.686 million last May.
Mayor Beamish introduced the occupants of the recently renovated Marina building at the press conference.
Ron and Larry Smith signed a five-year agreement with the CIC 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.
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.”
“We have two cornerstone, successful ventures that are coming,” Beamish said.
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.
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.
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