By David Knox
Work on Wiseman Park, site of the Lynchburg Music Fest, is almost finished.
The park, thanks to a $35,000 donation from Igniter Productions, has undergone extensive renovations including a completely new baseball field, refurbished playground equipment, landscaping, building improvements, graveled walkways and other infrastructure additions.
Mayor Bonnie Lewis said she is pleased with what’s happening at Wiseman Park.
Igniter CEO Jonny Hill had previously promised to donate $25,000 for the renovations.
“He has far exceeded his goal of his original commitment of $25,000,” Lewis said. “The removal of existing old buildings and the renovation of others, plus fencing, landscaping, pressure-washing, painting … it’s all going to be done before the festival. It’s going to be a unique event for Lynchburg, and it means a lot to have this renovated and upgraded.”
Said Hill, “The renovation of Wiseman Park is not just for the Lynchburg Music Fest. We see this as an important investment in the community and another way for us to give back to Lynchburg,” said Hill. “We’re very pleased to support the improvement of the park and we’re excited about the positive impact it will have on the community for years to come.”
Lewis said, “What it means for the future of the park is a whole lot of the infrastructure that was destroyed by the flood has been repaired, which puts us way in advance of creating new and better things in the park, and I definitely have plans.”
Fencing that will secure the area started to go up this week and should be finished by this weekend.
Although Hill realizes people are curious to see what’s going on there, he urges them to stay away as the construction continues, including the stages being assembled. Also, the artists’ road crews will be arriving and beginning set up.
Security cameras are also in place and functioning now at the park.
The main stage and a secondary stage will be inside the park. Two free stages will operate on both days during the day before the two stages inside the park begin. Those two free stages will be near the courthouse by Farmer’s Bank and at the Jack Daniel’s Visitors Center in the whiskey garden. On Thursday, the day before the festival officially begins, there will be free music on the square as well.
The two-day music festival with some 40 artists will take place Friday-Saturday, Aug. 23-24, with Easton Corbin to headline night one and Jamey Johnson to headline night two.