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Community group to raise funds for new Mid’s Park band shell

May 2, 2012
CHRIS MORRIS

CHRIS MORRIS

LAKE PLACID - A community group is raising funds for a new band shell at Mid's Park.

The Lake Placid Bandshell Fundraising Committee is asking local residents and businesses to chip in toward a $250,000 project to construct a new band shell at the village-owned park on Main Street. Committee member Bill Billerman told the Enterprise the group is just getting started.

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Designs for a new band shell at Mid’s Park on Main Street in Lake Placid.

"There's still a long way to go," he said. "Our goal is to have the funding in place by the summer so that we can get started in the fall."

The project will likely take place in two phases, Billerman said. The first will be the demolition of the Paul White Memorial Bandshell, which was constructed in 1977, and the pouring of a new foundation. Billerman said he hopes the first phase will happen this fall.

The second phase involves construction of the new facility, which could begin in the fall and conclude next spring, Billerman said.

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Community members interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Lake Placid Bandshell Fundraising Committee can send checks to Paul White Memorial Bandshell Campaign c/o Adirondack Community Trust, P.O. Box 288, 302 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 26 or cmorris@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

In a letter sent to community members, Billerman and former Lake Placid village Mayor Jamie Rogers, also a member of the fundraising committee, wrote that a refurbished band shell was not part of an overhaul of Mid's Park that happened in 2005 and 2006, and that the band shell has become "structurally deficient and is in need of replacement.

"The size and shape of the existing structure is limiting for the current Lake Placid Sinfonietta," the letter reads.

Plans for the new band shell were designed by architect Andrew Chary, and the site plan was put together by engineer Ivan Zdrahal.

Billerman said the new band shell will be 25 percent larger than the current one, will stand up to harsh weather and will be moved further into the corner of Mid's Park to provide a better view of both the stage and Mirror Lake.

Project designs also include a handicapped-accessible ramp, a flat seating area in front of the band shell, a sitting wall near the shoreline and storm water controls.

Billerman said the village supports the project but won't be able to fund it.

"The village will be contracting a majority of the work out and will do some in-kind support work like providing paver stones and lighting through the municipal electric company," he said.

The village has approved plans for the new band shell. The project has also received a variance from the state Adirondack Park Agency, which had to be obtained because the band shell is within 50 feet of a shoreline.

"If it was reconstruction of the same band shell in the same place, we wouldn't have needed the variance," Billerman noted.

Community members interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Lake Placid Bandshell Fundraising Committee can send checks to Paul White Memorial Bandshell Campaign c/o Adirondack Community Trust, P.O. Box 288, 302 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 26 or cmorris@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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