The SummerStage makeover, shown in a rendering, began with the need for a canopy that could accommodate modern productions. (Courtesy City Parks Foundation) Improvements at Rumsey Playfield prompt a fresh look at logistics to improve the overall experience for fans Eighteen parks throughout New York City host concerts as part of City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival, but the series traces its roots to Central Park, where it made its debut at Naumburg Bandshell in 1986. “SummerStage moved from the bandshell to Rumsey Playfield in 1990 and, although we’ve replaced the stage a couple times, the whole space itself had not been looked at holistically,” City Parks Foundation Executive Director Heather Lubov said. Despite consistently top-tier programming, the venue itself has lagged behind modern standards. But that changes this summer, when Rumsey Playfield reopens its gates and greets fans with a contemporary look and feel. Like many other venues built in the… Continue Reading At NYC Tradition SummerStage, New Canopy Just the Start

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