Merriweather Post Pavilion: Better Than Ever
It may not be apparent to those driving by on Little Patuxent Parkway, but remarkable progress is being made on Merriweather Post Pavilion’s expansion and renovation. The capacity for serving 21st century performers and their technological needs has been dramatically increased, as have the benefits for audience members. In addition, the backstage area includes amenities that help recruit popular entertainers. Handsome and comfortable quarters, including a pool for performers and their families, are underway.
In November, The Howard Hughes Corporation officially transferred ownership of Merriweather Post Pavilion to the non-profit Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission. Joined by County Executive Allan Kittleman, County Council Vice Chairman Dr. Calvin Ball, Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty, and other local officials to celebrate the future of Downtown Columbia, HHC Vice President of Development Greg Fitchitt presented a ceremonial key to DCACC Executive Director Ian Kennedy.
It was a historic day for Downtown Columbia. Merriweather Post Pavilion is an intrinsic part of creating a vibrant and exciting Downtown. Executive Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, John DeWolf affirmed, "The Merriweather District is intended to be the center of culture and commerce for Columbia, Howard County and the region. Merriweather Post Pavilion is the catalyst for realizing that expectation."