Amphitheater under way at Fort Payne's Little River Canyon Center

photo Anniston, Ala.-based Hale Building Co. crew members Steven Yenour and Jack Grant, from left, work on wood framing for the floor a new amphitheater at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Ala.

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - Little River Canyon Center officials envision a variety of activities on the stage of a new amphitheater being built on a hillside behind the facility.

"We plan on having everything from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, blues, picnics, weddings," Canyon Center Director Pete Conroy said Friday.

The center, operated by Jacksonville State University, was opened to the public in the Little River Canyon National Preserve in 2009.

The center is already equipped with meeting rooms, a high-definition theater with surround sound for up to 150 people, a catering kitchen, exhibit hall, library, picnic area and patio.