Gene Harris Bandshell from Boise to get upgrades after a fire

A year after fire at the Bandshell Gene Harris at Julia Davis Park, Boise City is announcing plans to renovate the 91-year-old building.

Boise Fire responded to a fire on 23 April 2018. Initially the department said the fire was the instability in the structure that would make a total loss. They later updated to note that the damage was not as extensive as was initially feared.

Now, Boise Parks and Recreation are hoping to refurbish the rain shell and allow new facilities to be added.

“Our staff understand the importance of preserving the historic data of the shell and work with contractors to preserve the character and spirit of this important structure,” said Doug Holloway, director of Parks and Handheld Recreation in a newsletter. “For example, the tiles saved from the roof of the female bands will be used to repair the structure.”

Upgrades: planned & feasible

Building teams will restore the roof and walls, plus the addition of a new green room. The leaders plan to upgrade the relaxation room, LED lighting and new control boards. The cost of these baseline improvements is set at $ 430,000 and would be covered by insurance.

[Nearly a thousand new housing units planned near Julia Davis Park, downtown]

The city can add a shade structure to the shell, as well as additional lighting, A / V equipment and an accessible viewing area. An additional $ 400,000 could be involved with these further improvements. The city is deciding a way to pay for the upgrades.

The Parks and Recreation Department has no timeline for construction yet, but states that it should be completed on time for an event in September honoring the 50th anniversary of the Boise River Green Belt.

Last year, Boise fire officers said that the fire was caused by the people. A spokesman for Handheld Police said the police had not identified suspicion of fire.

Summary of a Boise icon

The Crews built Julia Davis Flour Park in 1928, according to Boise State Public Radio. Leaders held a great community celebration to mark the opening. BSPR said that the architects drew inspiration from a nearby Hand Depot and stylized a Spanish Mission.

The hosting stage opened hundreds of community events over the years, including as a central focus of the River Boise festival.

The leaders named the structure as a tribute to Idahoan Gene Harris for a long time in 2001. The famous jazz musician died the previous year.

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