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Amphitheater at Heron Ponds Project Moves Forward in Wicomico Co.

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DELMAR, Md.- For months now, Delmarva has been buzzing over an exciting project taking shape in Wicomico County. The Amphitheater at Heron Ponds in Delmar has already played host to three concerts, and those behind the project say that is just the beginning. While plans are moving forward, the process hasn't been without challenges.

Preliminary designs for the Amphitheater at Heron Ponds site were recently approved by the town of Delmar. The project's architect, Keith Fisher, said that approval is good news for the Eastern Shore.

"It's unique to the Eastern Shore, being that an amphitheater on this scale, a project that involves the community, brings everybody to a point where they would have to go off the shore to achieve the same sort of experience that the project is going to bring to the area," he noted.

Besides the concert venue, the site also includes single-family homes, age-targeted housing, athletic fields and a restaurant.

According to Fisher, the project has been well received, but it has also come with challenges. Flood waters drowned out the site back in August, forcing the cancellation of Kellie Pickler's concert. While the show was rescheduled and went off successfully, August's wash-out highlighted an all-too-common problem.

"As every site on the Eastern Shore goes, everything is dead flat. So, our "tail that wags the dog" is storm water management, sewer provisions," explained Brock Parker, the project's civil engineer. "But I think with Mr. Marshall's commitment to the project, we can get these hurdles overcome."

Project mastermind, Doug Marshall, said he has experienced losses so far, but is still excited to see the project moving forward.

"I call it successful, because we had 5,000 people between the concerts," he said. "My bookkeeper calls it an expensive hobby right now, because the losses were pretty substantial per concert, because we had rain events for each one."

According to Marshall, the design includes cover for concert-goers, which will allow events to go on rain or shine. He said there will be no more concerts until the amphitheater is built. The goal is to have it up by this summer.

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