Columbian Park band shell to be rebuilt

The band shell on Memorial Island needs to come down due to structural problems.

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 12:23 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A piece of Lafayette history is getting torn down in Columbian Park.

The band shell on Memorial Island needs to come down due to structural problems.

The plan is to tear it down and rebuild a new one.

Parks Superintendent Claudine Laufman said the decision came during the design process for Memorial Island improvements.

"From a longevity perspective, it just had some structural issues and it wasn't going to meet the needs of the future," she added. "So, as a result, we're moving forward with the design of a new band shelter and stage area."

It was built in the 1950's and has since been used for concerts, plays and other community events.

Laufman said the tradition will continue with the new structure.

"I think it will continue to be a central location for meeting and providing entertainment and providing family memories," she said. "We'll just be doing it in a modern facility."

The cost to rebuild has not been estimated yet. The entire memorial island project, including the new band shell, should be done by the end of 2020.

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