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The Monessen City Park Amphitheater was constructed in 1931/32, with the creation of Monessen City Park. The land was donated by the Kisor family, who were related to one of Monessen's founding families: the Manown's. The stonework of the amphitheater, as well as other stonework throughout the park, were completed throught the Works Progress Administration (WPA), under President FDR's 'New Deal'. Throughout the majority of the mid-late 20th century, the amphitheater was used and enjoyed by many. Following Monessen's centennial in 1998, the amphitheater fell into disuse.
In 2013, the Raise Your Voice Campaign was launched by several students at Cal U. The purpose was to bring a music and arts festival, and summer concert series to Monessen, through the Cal U music department. At that time, the amphitheater needed much work, but many musicians were eager to perform there, in the serene setting, regardless. In late 2013, Monessen City Council, under Mayor Mary Jo Smith, launched a revitalization project, funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies. The project was completed by summer of 2014. It saw the restoration of stonework, the addition of a band shell, electrical service, better storm water drainage, and handicap accessibility.
In June 2014, Council woman and head of Monessen Parks, Patricia Bukowski created the Monessen Amphitheater Committee, as a separate entity from the City of Monessen. Since then, the independent committee has planned numerous events of varying genres and styles at the amphitheater. The 2017 season will be their fourth season of operation. Monessen Amphitheater Summer Events run the first and third Sunday at 2pm of June, July, and August, with additional events throughout the season. All events have free admission.
The amphitheater is located in the center of Monessen City Park. Limited parking is located off of Euclid Avenue, and City Park Road. Limited handicap parking is located next to the amphitheater, from the access road off of City Park Road. The main parking lots are in the center of city park, with access from Euclid Avenue. Overfill parking is located next to the tennis courts. For more information on booking a private event at the amphitheater, please contact the City of Monessen Treasurer's Office.