The amphitheater at R.E. Olds park plays host to many concerts, contests, and recitals each year and is one of the most prominent features in our parks. Its official name is the Elizabeth J. Smith Amphitheater.
Its namesake, Elizabeth Smith, was a dedicated servant of the Oldsmar community. She volunteered for the Friends of the Library and Oldsmar Elementary School. Smith was also involved in the Garden Club, OPALs, the Women’s Club, and the local AARP chapter as President. She also spent much of her time working with Community United Methodist Church. Smith had a passion for volunteering and strived to help make Oldsmar the beautiful place that it is today. Ed Manny presented Smith with the Council-Manager Award in 1998.
Smith battled with cancer three times over the last 12 years of her life. She fought hard every time and never stopped serving her beloved community until the day she passed on February 5, 2003.
Jerry Beverland motioned to have the amphitheater (then still under construction) dedicated to Smith as a way of honoring her and her love for the City of Oldsmar.