MERIDEN – Repairs to the James J. Barry Bandshell at Hubbard Park, which was damaged by a fallen tree in Sunday’s storm, will cost up to $20,000, city officials said Thursday.
Parks and Recreation Director Chris Bourdon said some of the repairs, including structural, ceiling, vent and light work, will be made by city employees. At least a portion of the rubberized roof meant to protect against snow, ice and rain will need to be replaced by an independent contractor, Bourdon said.
“We’ll be able to basically get it to where the contractor has to come in, put the top layer on,” Bourdon said.
The goal is to have repairs completed by the Festival of Silver Lights Christmas display in Hubbard Park, which is scheduled to go up Nov. 21.
The bandshell was constructed in 1956 and dedicated in honor of Barry, a former parks department superintendent, in 1986, according to Record-Journal archives. Bourdon said the bandshell has hosted battle of the bands, military bands, and the city’s summer concert series.
“When it was put in, it was a genius spot,” Bourdon said, stating that music played at the bandshell can be heard from Castle Craig. “The acoustics there are so good.”
City Councilor Cathy Battista, chairwoman of the councill’s Parks and Recreation – Public Works Committee, said while the damage to the bandshell was of concern, the incident could have been worse.