There has been new hardscaping on the Bricks, the area in front of the outdoor Allen Theatre and the indoor Bowmer Theatre. A small amphitheater has always been there, the focus of the Green Show (the entertainment before the theatrical performances). Now, however, attractive cement bench seating has been created in keeping with the amphitheater 'bowl' design.
Generally a real seating improvement, there is one drawback and that is a set of stairs to the side of the amphitheater has replaced the step-free walk way. This makes for limited access for anyone with mobility issues, and there are many theater goers who are older and using canes as well as some people in wheel chairs. The only step -free way to get from one level to the other now is to go around to the other side of the performance area, thereby significantly increasing foot traffic to and from the theatres on that side.
Being sharp observers of what works and what doesn't, I am sure that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival management will look at this issue and address it if it becomes increasingly problematical for access. The good thing is that now more people can sit while watching the Green Show.
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