Construction Under Way on Levitt Pavilion Arlington's Hospitality Center
By Levitt Pavilion Arlington Communications
Posted on August 13, 2019, August 13, 2019

Nakia & the Blues Grifters closed Levitt Pavilion Arlington's summer concerts on July 21, 2019, and fences went up and construction began the very next morning on new permanent bathrooms and a hospitality center.

When completed, the new facility will feature a second-story hospitality suite above the permanent bathrooms that will accommodate 100 people for special events, meetings and private parties. The suite includes an outdoor deck with an ideal view of the Levitt's concert stage. With more organizations using the Levitt outside of its free concert season, the hospitality suite makes the venue more appealing to those organizing festivals and events for Arlington's thriving downtown. 

The new addition will be named the Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic & Spine Hospitality Center. The hospitality suite will be the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation Hospitality Suite. Both organizations were instrumental in getting the project started by donating funds. Baylor Scott & White gave $750,000, and the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation gave $500,000. When complete, the hospitality center will include:

• Women's bathroom with 16 stalls
• Men's bathroom with three stalls and four urinals
• Accessible stalls in both bathrooms
• A family bathroom
• Elevator to the hospitality suite
• Small kitchen in the hospitality suite
• A/V equipment for presentations and meetings in the hospitality suite
• Two bathrooms in the hospitality suite
• Concert-viewing deck

The hospitality center will be on the pavilion's southwest corner, where South and Pecan streets intersect. Bathrooms will be behind the current Friends of the Levitt Pavilion Arlington donor wall with the hospitality suite above. Arlington construction company, J. Hutcherson Construction, estimates that the project will take eight months, making the facility ready in time for the 2020 concert season and the completion of the #MyAbram project, which is scheduled for completion in March 2020.

The hospitality center is funded by generous donations from businesses and organizations, private donors, and foundation grants generated by a capital campaign conducted by Levitt Pavilion Arlington's staff and board of directors, chaired by Paul Cary. Thank you to everyone who has helped make permanent bathrooms and a hospitality center at the Levitt a reality!

Levitt Pavilion Arlington was built in 2008 with support from the Levitt Foundation and a grassroots community effort to raise the construction funds. Once it was built, it was gifted to the City of Arlington for Founders' Plaza, a city park in Downtown Arlington at 100 W. Abram St. Levitt Pavilion Arlington is its own nonprofit 501(c)3 organization responsible for funding and presenting more than 50 free concerts a year, which attracts more than 100,000 people annually. The Levitt is the centerpiece of the Arlington Cultural District, designated by the state of Texas in 2016.

Outside of the Levitt's concert season, the pavilion is available to rent. Over the last 10 years, the Levitt has been the site for CBS radio's Mudbug Festival, the Arlington Public Library's Medieval Arts Festival, the annual Undy Run for Colorectal Cancer, the Walk to Cure Arthritis 5K, the annual CASA SuperHero Run/Walk, the DFW Kidney Walk, RaceTrac's Run for Research, the UTA Campus Limits Music Festival, PraiseFest, Questival Adventure Race, the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards, the Salvation Army's Most Amazing Race, and City of Arlington events, including Food Truck Fridays, Light Up Arlington! and the Holiday Lights Parade.

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