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Quality of Life
Levitt Pavilion Dayton
Funds would be used to enhance the Levitt Pavilion Dayton's overall accessibility for the audiences that are engaging with this community amenity. This would include way-finding, storage, video wall enhancements, backstage improvements, and additional property enhancements to improve access.
We would have to use funds from our operational budget to get the enhancements we are looking for this project. The Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation offer grants that could provide matching of $25,000.
Within the next 6 months
We do not know of any grants that are available at this time.
We continue to see the audiences grow at the Levitt Pavilion Dayton, as a space where everyone is welcome and everyone has access to high-caliber entertainment. This community asset was a space for healing in the wake of the tragedies of 2019, where community prayer vigils were held. The support will continue to augment and enhance the experience for our audiences, as well as help to protect the asset for future generations. The impact of our 2019 season of 53 concerts saw close to 60,000 people on our lawn from 109 unique zip codes, and with the average ticket for a concert closing in at $92, this was valued at $5.4 million of free entertainment for our community. The economic impact to the area surrounding the pavilion is valued at $1.5 million. This can only grow from here, as more people become aware of this amenity for all. Many of our audience members spoke of how they look forward to being at the Levitt, because it is where they can connect, and meet people. This speaks to the importance of creative place-making in the health and wellness spectrum of benefits. We seek support to continue the legacy we are creating on the city block at Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton.
Growth in audience numbers, and decline in vacant storefronts surrounding the Levitt Pavilion Dayton will show that the quality of life that it provides will spur further growth. Without Sunday performances in the calculation of averages, the audiences were close to 1000 per concert. We hope that making the space more inviting and comfortable for all we will be able to grow the audience participation.
As we activate and animate the urban core, we will see businesses want to relocate to our downtown, as well as the quality of life the Levitt Pavilion Dayton provides will attract more urban dwellers. Added store fronts surrounding the Levitt Pavilion Dayton will need to be supported, and from the plans that are going to be activated this will be low estimate. As the surveys done on the lawn by a survey team, it was seen that close to 47% of our audience members were in restaurants, bars or stores before/during or after our concerts. This will support growth in the retail sector.
Yes, we received $500,000 from the State of Ohio towards the capital campaign to build the Levitt Pavilion Dayton.