Committee Seeks Donations for Manchester Bandstand
For nearly 20 years, residents and visitors have gathered at Manchester’s Factory Point Town Green for picnics, performances and celebrations, employing a variety of temporary structures, stages, platforms, tarps and tents to protect people and equipment from the weather. Now there is an opportunity to provide a time-honored solution and create an historic legacy – a bandstand – through the Raise the Bandstand Roof Committe. A gazebo fund was created and money was donated when the town acquired the land now known as the town green two decades ago. The idea was to build a structure using the area’s natural resources for a pleasing, historically accurate design that was ADA compliant, enlisting volunteers and sourcing the materials without burdening Manchester taxpayers.
Our volunteer project manager originally estimated the total cost of the project to be close to $50,000. The Manchester Department of Public Works re-purposed marble from the roundabout project to create the base being used this summer; the Town agreed to provide a ramp and power access, using state and federal grants and other non-taxpayer revenue for park maintenance and improvement, valued at an estimated $12,000. A generous benefactor pledged $7,500 towards the project. The original gazebo fund has grown as visitors to the Town Green make donations during the Town’s summer concert series. Volunteers are also soliciting corporate and private grants and donations, and hope to set up a Go Fund Me account to help raise the rest of the money for the project.
With the community’s continued support and the efforts of willing volunteers, it is hoped that the project will finally be completed by next spring, incorporating marble, slate and timber to represent Manchester’s rich industrial history. The bandstand will provide a beautiful focal point to the park and provide a protective and permanent structure for area events and activities. It will be the site of future town concerts and and offer a shady spot for an afternoon picnic.
Donations of any amount are appreciated. You may send a check payable to ‘Town of Manchester Bandstand’ to 6039 Main Street, Manchester Center, Vt., 05255. Visit manchester-vt.gov for updates.