Sackville bandstand torn down

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The Sackville bandstand, shown above being used during Canada Day ceremonies, was torn down this week in preparation of work beginning on the  new Bill Johnstone Memorial Park.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The century-old Sackville bandstand was torn down this week as the town prepares to get started on a makeover of the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park this spring.

The aging structure was demolished and the site cleared of debris by Sackville’s public works crews early Tuesday morning.

Phil Handrahan, Sackville’s chief administrative officer, said a newer state-of-the-art bandshell will be included as part of the upcoming upgrades at the park.

“Reports received last summer from consultants and staff indicated that the current bandstand was in poor structural condition and needed to be replaced,” said Handrahan. “Therefore included within the plans for the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park renovation project is a new bandstand of similar design with some changes to enable it to be more accessible for the physically challenged.”

Handrahan said there was some initial discussion over whether the original bandstand could be relocated to another site; however, the consultants and staff advised against it, saying it was not structurally sound or in any condition to be utilized in another park. He said the town did not receive any requests to acquire the bandstand.

Built in July 1910, the bandstand has stood in the same location in the centre of downtown Sackville for more than 100 years, unchanged except for minor renovations here and there. It has been used for a variety of recreational and entertainment purposes in the community over the years – including Canada Day events and the summer Concert in the Park series.

Geographic location: Bill Johnstone Memorial Park

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