Levitt Pavilion Raising Money For Bathrooms

Andrew Greenstein
May 09, 2018 - 8:11 am
Levitt Pavilion

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - One of the most popular outdoor music venues in North Texas is missing something essential, and the non-profit organization that runs it is looking to do something about it.

If you’ve ever had to heed nature’s call while taking in a show at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, you know all too well that your only option is a porta-potty.

Cathy O’Neal with the Levitt Pavilion says when the non-profit organization built the stage in a small city park ten years ago, it had no idea it would become as popular as it is.

“I think they just thought that since it was in a small city park that we would never grow big enough to require that,” says O’Neal. “We’ve exceeded everybody’s expectations and have bigger crowds than we ever thought, and now it’s definitely something we need.”

So the organization has been trying to raise $75,000 that would go towards construction of a building that not only would have permanent bathrooms with flush toilets, but also a hospitality suite.

“The hospitality suite would be a meeting/party room above it with a viewing deck of the stage, so we could use it for private events, private parties, rentals and those kinds of things,” says O’Neal.

O’Neal says what people might not realize is that the city is totally disconnected from the venue.

“People tend to think that this should have been a city project and the city should have paid for it. But the reality is they’re not, and we’re raising the money for it ourselves,” she says.

Today is the last day of the four-week campaign; and O’Neal says even though it’s well short of its goal, there are no plans to extend it.

“Every time I repost it or send a new message out or send a new photo out, it seems to invite some negative comments,” says O’Neal. “So I’m ready to let it go.”

For more information about the effort, click here. If you’d like to donate, click here.