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Madison ‘Super Overlook’ plan revealed

The $1.5 million project will create new grandstand

(November 2020) – The Madison (Ind.) Riverfront Development Committee has released the final drawings for the new Super Overlook, and Madison riverfront lovers are going to be excited. The current Madison Regatta stand is being replaced by a two-deck structure with the first deck level with the riverwalk and providing 4,800 square feet of space.

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The Madison Riverfront Development Committee released a rendition of its future $1.5 million “Super Overlook” to be built on the riverfront.

According to the committee’s J.D. Webster, “This overlook will be 10 times larger than any of our other overlooks and is designed as a multi-purpose venue. We expect to see many different uses, such as weddings, car shows, festivals, celebrations and many of the special events that take place on the riverfront during the year. It will be wired so that concerts and other events that use electricity will have everything they need. Bands will be able to plug in and play.”
The 1,200-square-foot second tier will rise 12 to 14 feet above the bottom deck and not only is it designed to take care of the needs of the Regatta hydroplane race but will offer a spectacular view of the Ohio River. The top deck will also provide shade for those who are gathered on the deck below. A telescope will be installed to watch pleasure boats and barges going up and down the river. The second tier will accessible by two stairways.
The new overlook has an estimated cost of $1.5 million, of which $465,000 has already been raised, Webster said. “Raising funds for projects like this is always tough, especially during an epidemic. But we have been encouraged by the support we have received so far,” said Webster.
If you or your business would like to contribute to this project, contact Gretchen Poindexter at gretchenrdc@yahoo.com or Webster at John.Webster@dnvgl.com.

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