DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)- Thursday marked opening night for the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Dayton. Thousands packed into the park for the new outdoor venue’s first event.
While thousands filled the park to check out the new space and listen to live music, down the street, the owner of Third Perk Coffeehouse and Wine Bar said she’s been waiting for the pavilion to open.
“We are excited for what the people are going to do for this area, just coming and making this area more alive,” owner Juanita Darden said.
Darden and her team developed convenient snack packs for people to take to the concert. She hopes all the foot traffic passing through can lead to an increase in sales.
“There’s a lot of parking and the pavilion is just a few blocks away. Even afterwards we’re hoping to catch some of the people leaving and try to keep the fun going,” manager Vanessa Moon said.
Darden said the brand new pavilion at the center of downtown is just what the neighborhood needs.
“I hope that this becomes infectious and that we see this whole area developed,” Darden said.
As the concert series continues at Levitt Pavillion, time will tell if we’ll see an economic impact. Events at the new venue will continue through October. Free concerts are scheduled from Thursday through Sundays.