La Crosse residents learn more about planned Band Shell project

The future of the Riverside Park Band Shell project was put on display Tuesday evening for all to see.

The Band Shell Consortium hosted a public hearing at the La Crosse public library. Members presented more information on the project and heard ideas and concerns from those who attended, like security cameras and a P.A. system.

“There were some suggestions that we’re certainly going to follow up on, but there was really no negativity this evening. I think by and large everyone wants something to happen. It’s been decades in the discussion stages,” said Valley View Rotary Member Terry Bauer.

The Band Shell Consortium says it has already raised about $300,000 for the project without even going to the public yet. The group is raising all $600,000 privately to avoid using public funds.

That goal is a little closer thanks to the La Crosse Concert Band, with a $50,000 donation. The Concert Band has called the Band Stand home for its free summer concerts since it was built and Band leaders feel as though they need to be a big part of the new Band Shell.

“And to make an investment that thanks the City for being our home for so long, but also as an investment in the future for our audiences and for our players,” said La Crosse Concert Band Board of Directors President Stephen Mann.

La Crosse’s Parks Department will look at the Band Shell designs this Thursday for approval. After that, fundraising will open to the public for anyone willing to donate.

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