Leavenworth Summer Theater planning new outdoor Hatchery Stage

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The Leavenworth Summer Theater outdoor stage at the National Fish Hatchery.

LEAVENWORTH — The move is on to build a new outdoor stage for Leavenworth Summer Theater, replacing the one that now exists at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

The current outdoor stage is 26 years old, and the nonprofit theater group hopes to build the new stage south of its current location. The 29,000-square-foot project would add more parking while taking up roughly the same area for seating and the stage structure

Theater planners say the move would ease some problems, such as a damp basement storage area under the stage and too-close proximity to neighbors. The new site, currently used to store gravel, is farther away from any residences, and surrounded by a natural berm and native trees.

The project won’t be major, but because it involves federal land, it’s open to public comment. You can view the project plans and give input at fws.gov/leavenworthfisheriescomplex.