Yonkers celebrates groundbreaking of new amphitheater

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in Yonkers yesterday for a new outdoor amphitheater and parking structure.

The site is next to the Hudson River Museum on Warburton Avenue in Yonkers.

The area is being transformed as the Riverwalk along the Hudson and will also be expanded to link the stretch of land together.

It's all part of a $7.5 million revitalization plan that has been a decade in the making.

The cost of the project is being paid with funds.earmarked for Westchester County for waterfront improvements.

Some in Yonkers question the timing of such a large scale project when so many people in the Hudson Valley are out of work, and hundreds of Yonkers teachers have already been laid off.

County Executive Rob Astorino says 82 construction jobs will be created by the project. He expects that performances at the outdoor amphitheater will bring visitors to the waterfront area and will boost the local economy.

The amphitheater will be completed next spring.

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