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How can I tag a (covered) outdoor stage ?

The ones I'm trying to tag are in a park. Something like this

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asked 02 Mar '14, 21:50

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edited 02 Mar '14, 22:39

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What you have (and what I would like to tag in a local park - currently just tagged as building with a description tag) is a stage with a roof (the shape is mapped by tracing the building outline. amenity=stage + covered=yes + building=yes + building:levels=1 sounds more useful to me (partly a suggestion from one of the comments in the proposal votes)

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answered 02 Mar '14, 22:35

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edited 02 Mar '14, 22:42

Building=roof, like the cover of a gas station is enough for the building, the other suggestions for its specific use such as amenity=theatre;bandstand & are fine. The semi colon is added because OSM wont except 2 amenitys. Most of these kinds of buildings are multiple used by different societies for music or theatre.

(02 Mar '14, 23:05) Hendrikklaas

building=roof seems like a good idea. @asserel4c26 I agree that amenity=theatre is not very accurate, but instead of amenity=stage, perhaps it would be better to tag it as man_made=stage

(03 Mar '14, 14:07) jgpacker

I was thinking of building=roof too, but did not use it as it is not just a roof. There is also the stage floor itself and some poles at the corners.

(03 Mar '14, 15:28) aseerel4c26 ♦

@Hendrikklaas, please see our documentation about the semicolon. It is not unproblematic here. I would recommend to only use one, the more important one.

(03 Mar '14, 15:30) aseerel4c26 ♦

Hmm, I just realize that covered=yes may be be that useful here. Since there is also a building tag on the same object one could think that the building it covered, which is not true. So it rather should be something like stage:protection=roof. Hmm, hmm …

(03 Mar '14, 16:49) aseerel4c26 ♦

For open air stage I would tag highway=footpath and area=yes for covered would be building=roof, amenity=theatre. Also add any tags you see need to be added.

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answered 05 Mar '14, 19:13

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After further research, I found that the closest to a consensus on this is amenity=theatre with theatre:type=open_air. (or theatre:type=amphi if it's an amphitheatre).

There is also another tag for a specific type of outdoor stage: a band stand, which uses amenity=bandstand.

In my case, I also will add covered=yes

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answered 02 Mar '14, 22:12

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edited 02 Mar '14, 22:13

the bandstand seems to be for "polygonal structure" and "Most of them were built during the 19th and early 20th centuries." That seems to be wrong.

(02 Mar '14, 22:30) aseerel4c26 ♦

I didn't mean to say a band stand is applicable in my case, I was just pointing out an specific type of outdoor stage.

(02 Mar '14, 22:48) jgpacker

amenity=theatre is more for a building, not something like a light structure

(03 Mar '14, 14:41) Pieren

@Pieren I disagree, amenity=theatre is used to tag amphitheatres.

(03 Mar '14, 14:46) jgpacker

and theatres, such as Seebuehne at Bregenz (photo) at

(05 Mar '14, 23:09) SK53 ♦

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