Band Shell Park group earns $300,000 grant

Lake County News Chronicle
By Teri Cadeau on December 13, 2018

The Friends of the Band Shell Park was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation for the construction of a new performing arts center. The city of Two Harbors will own the new facility, which will replace the current band shell.

“We are excited,” Friends of the Band Shell Park member Deidre Schlunegger said.

The band shell was constructed 80 years ago, but the most regular user, the Two Harbors City Band, formed in 1897. The band performs weekly concerts in the band shell throughout the summer.

The structural integrity and noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of the building has brought its useful life to a close for safety and liability reasons.

The nonprofit organization Friends of the Band Shell Park formed in 2010 to explore options for the current band shell. The planned new facility will have an outdoor stage and indoor space for citywide and regional performances.

The facility work is estimated to cost about $3 million. Additional money will be raised for the park. As of last year, the organization had raised about $1 million in donations and grants. This grant of $300,000, Schlunegger said, brings the project one step closer.

“We hope the community will donate and help raise money, have a party, sponsor a walk to help us,” Schlunegger said.

Construction is hoped to begin in the summer or fall if funding falls in line, but, Schlunegger said, “no promises.”

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Two Harbors, MN 55616-0021

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