Intends Boise Parks and Rec Gene Harris Bandshell restoration

Firefighters tackle the fire at the Harris Jeans in Julia Davis Park

Bystander shot video of Boise firefighters Monday night.

Bystander shot video of Boise firefighters Monday night.

After last year's destructive fire, the city of Boise plans to restore the historic Gene Harris Bandshell in Julia Davis Park, the city reported Tuesday.

The band reported a fire shell, which was caused by the person, April 23, 2018, said the authorities previously. Parks and Recreation staff working with construction engineers to clean up and secure the facility, according to a press statement from the city center.

A local architect recently completed a review of the structure and created a plan to reform the band shell. The fire badly damaged the roof and walls, and the city reported that the cost of repairs is estimated to be about $ 430,000. The cost will be covered by insurance.

"Our team understands the importance of preserving the historical data on the band shell and will work with contractors to preserve the character's important structure and charm," said Doug Holloway, Handheld Parks and Recreation director, in news release. "For example, the tiles will be saved from the roof band shell to be used in repairing the structure."

The refurbishment plan includes the construction of a green room within the bond shell, upgrading of restrooms and improvements to A / V Equipment, including LED lights for stage and new sound control boards at events, the city reported.

"The city of Boise is also looking into putting an umbrella structure for the band shell to improve its use as a community gathering place," the city reported.

No cost of new facilities covered by insurance, are estimated to cost about $ 400,000.

"The city is looking at ways to finance that part of the improvement project," according to the release.

The works would include a shadow structure for additional lighting for the phase and other improvements.

Parks and Recreation is at finalizing tender documents for the architect's plan and once awarded, begins construction work.

"While there is no timeline set for this work to start, leadership department is confident of the improvements to the Harris Gene Bandshell will be completed in time for the 50th city. anniversary commemorating the Boise River Green River Boots 19-21. “

A free concert on September 20 is being planned by the band shell after the city can make its improvements.

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