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Background on El Dorado, Arkansas Arts and Entertainment District

A Transformative District for Arts and Culture for Arkansas’s Original Boomtown

Nationally-recognized architects, engineers, and technology design firm, Westlake Reed Leskoskyhas designed a master plan for El Dorado Festivals & Events (EFEI) that creates a multi-venue El Dorado Arts and Entertainment District.  The new district will celebrate and build upon the city’s distinctive legacy of culture, community, architecture, music and performing arts.

El Dorado is known as “Arkansas’s Original Boomtown” with the discovery of oil in the 1920s.  The city has had significant investments in economic development, education and corporate community sponsorship with forthcoming investments in highways, infrastructure and now quality of life.  The notable El Dorado Promise, for example, is a unique college scholarship program established by Murphy Oil Corporation providing local El Dorado High School graduates tuition at any accredited two-and four-year educational institution in the U.S.

El Dorado Festivals & Events, Inc. (EFEI) was created in 2011 after a study of the city completed by destination developer Roger Brooks and his firm Destination Development International. EFEI spent the next three years developing a credible plan to create a regional arts and entertainment district centered around El Dorado’s historic Rialto Theater.

Austin Barrow, President and COO of EFEI, relates, “An updated plan was devised by Westlake Reed Leskosky with the consideration of historical preservation and the market feasibility study completed by Market & Feasibility Advisors. The previous plan had focused the majority of the construction dollars on the Rialto.  Paul Westlake and Westlake Reed Leskosky have given us a refined course yielding a more varied district with a true critical mass center for entertainment.”

“By shifting attention from a single historic structure to the entire historic district, and through the utilization of historic tax credits, Paul Westlake was able to present a plan that creates a multiple performance venue district that not only offers possibilities of live performance in music, comedy and theatre, but also offers great options for added restaurants, farmer’s markets, public gathering places and children’s play spaces. This newly laid master plan falls in line with the market feasibility study generated out of the needs for the region.”