Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00
The Village of Mineola is accepting bids from prospective contractors to build the Memorial Park bandshell. The Village of Mineola announced that it purchased a bandshell 73 feet wide and 38 feet deep in February. It’s part of the ongoing revamp of Memorial Park, which is set for significant upgrades this year.
Bids are due by May 16 at 10 a.m. The contract will be awarded to the lowest bidder.
The bandshell would be built on the south end of the park near the Mineola Memorial Library and stand 22 feet high at its peak. Lighting will be installed for security, according to Mineola officials.
“[The bandshell] is the first physical piece that we’re going to see come in,” Mayor Scott Strauss said at a recent village board meeting. “We’re hoping it gets here quick.”
The stage itself would be raised four feet to combat any weather issues, village officials said. Most of the walkways and light fixtures throughout Memorial Park will be replaced as part of the renovation project.
Mineola will also build a new gazebo. The previous structure was torn down shortly after Hurricane Irene in 2011.
The village is planning to build the gazebo on the northeast corner of the park near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Marcellus Road, officials said. Repairing park tennis courts is also planned, but is still in an early phase, according to village officials.
The stage would need to be large enough to hold big band concerts like the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, which performs at the park twice per year. However, Mayor Scott Strauss said he would like to see a stage that’s also intimate in size for smaller productions.