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Council authorizes up to $30,000 for city park band shell proposal

Hope to break ground on project in 2018

Grangeville City Hall

Photo by David Rauzi
Grangeville City Hall


The Pioneer Park band shell concept, located by the city pool just south of the Soroptimists Pavilion. Design work was assisted by architect Ellie Marek, daughter of project organizer Todd Marek.

— The effort to construct a band shell structure at Pioneer Park received an official boost with city authorization of up to $30,000 toward the nonprofit project.

The decision was unanimously passed at last Monday’s Nov. 20 Grangeville City County meeting.

Estimates range between $60,000 to $65,000 for a trapezoidal-shaped structure roughly 38 feet wide and 24 feet deep at the park to be used for public performances and presentations. Since last year, organizers through Grangeville Arts have been working on the project — seeking additional funding through grants and donations — they hope to break ground on next year.

Location for the structure is tentatively planned for east of the pool building. Discussion last week continued with questions by the council on what would happen to the existing Soroptimist Pavilion at this location, with options on it being left at the location, moved elsewhere in the park or to possibly Soroptimist Park, or just torn down.

“This facility [the proposed band shell] would be the star of the show,” said Councilor Beryl Grant, commenting on the distraction to this design the pavilion would be, were it left adjacent to it.

Discussion was on where it might be moved and what that would add to the project cost, and on whether it would be needed as the band shell is proposed to be for multiple use to include group gatherings and as a picnic place.

Project spokesman Ted Lindsley said the pavilion determination didn’t matter at this point, the focus of which was city funding approval to allow them to move forward on additional sources “to get the ball rolling on this.” The plan, he said, would be to determine disposition of the pavilion within the next six months, a decision then pending on approval by the council.


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