Sandy's performing art lovers will soon be soon be able to enjoy the symphony or ballet without the prelude of fighting road construction and downtown parking woes.

The Sandy City Council has approved a design to build a 2,000-seat amphitheater at 1300 E. 9400 South.Construction will begin soon, and the facility should be finished in time to host a late summer concert and performance schedule, said Sandy assistant chief administrator Shane Pace.

"The amphitheater should be completed by late July or August," Pace said.

The facility will have a construction budget of about $3 million, be built on property already owned by the city and be funded through a government Innkeeper's Tax.

"And no, there will not be a tax increase," Pace said.

The local architectural firm of Eaton Mahoney Associates will design the amphitheater. Layton Construction has been hired to do the building.

The facility will include 500 permanent seats and enough grass space to accommodate an additional 1,500 people. More permanent seats could be added if funds become available.

The covered stage area will be large enough to host both musical and theatrical productions and include an orchestra pit and a basement for storage, dressing rooms and a green room.

"The amphitheater is exciting," said Sandy mayor Tom Dolan. "We have a number of arts groups, and there's been no place for them to perform."

The future amphitheater will be built on the southwest end of a 22-acre "arts campus" that could eventually include an indoor community and arts center.

A parking lot will be built on the southeast corner of the property, Pace said.

Landscaping and perhaps some sort of water feature will act as a buffer between the street and the amphitheater property.

Gardens and walking paths, picnic tables and open space will also be included.

City leaders say the amphitheater will attract local and outside talent.

"Hopefully, we can get the Utah Symphony a couple of times a year," Pace said.

City Councilman Bryant Anderson, who has championed the drive for Sandy arts facilities, calls the amphitheater "a great thing" and a first step in providing a growing community its own arts identity.

Resident performing arts groups such as the American West Symphony and Chorus and the Mountain West Ballet will now have an outdoor venue to call home, Anderson said.