Nearly thirty-five years has passed since the Optimist Club of Gettysburg (Optimist) volunteered to build the Amphitheater at the Gettysburg Recreation Park. Over the decades since it was first opened to the public, thousands of Gettysburg area residents have migrated to the amphitheater to enjoy a variety of entertainment offerings.

Originally many local contractors and businesses joined forces to lend their specific skill-sets to construct the Amphitheater and that tradition of community service and support continues. As with all things, the years have a way of taking a toll on a structure and local club members have once again brought together volunteers and local businesses to repair or replace much of the original structure. This month the local club over saw the renovations to the outdoor theater that has become a local landmark at the Gettysburg Recreation Park.

The Adams County Tech-Prep Building Trades Program, are providing painting and construction labor to install new facia and roofing. A number of local businesses stepped up to offer their expertise and assistance with materials needed to complete the project. Optimist members volunteered their time, efforts and equipment to power-wash the structure and prepare it for new paint which was donated by Sherwin Williams of Gettysburg. Len Dick Signs will lend their artistic efforts for a new sign which will adorn the Theater in coming weeks. The Optimists provided all the necessary funding for materials and oversight for the work.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg is a volunteer organization (501C-3) dedicated to sponsoring more than 15 ongoing youth related programs throughout the year in Gettysburg. The funds needed to support their programs include: The Oyster and Shrimp Feed, The Annual Gettysburg Optimist Golf Tournament, Adams County Chamber of Commerce Wine and Music Festival parking services and the Optimist Christmas Magic Show.

“Membership in the Club is open for all men and women 18 years of age and older who want to help with our mission to ‘Bring Out the Best in Kids’. The Optimist Club of Gettysburg was founded in 1958 and has been continuously sustained for more than 65 years,” says Marci Cropp, this year’s Gettysburg Optimist Club President. “With the continued support of our members, local businesses and the residents of the Gettysburg area community, it is our goal to continue the Optimist legacy onto future generations.”

For more information on the Club and how you can join or donate support for our efforts, click on today or call a member at 717.220.3416.