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Bandstand canopy moving along

West Salem, WI (WXOW)  For the past few months, we’ve shown sketches of the canopy designed for the bandstand in Riverside Park.  Recently, we had an opportunity to see what will support that canopy.

The middle support for the Riverside Park bandstand canopy.There are three primary support structures made of white oak and ash trees.  Crews have constructed the middle support for the canopy.  They have one larger and one smaller support to complete.

This is a true La Crosse project.  Many of the trees come from La Crosse County land purchased by the grandparents of the canopy architect, Roald Gundersen.  Gundersen is a La Crosse native.  He’s working with other people and vendors also from La Crosse.

City crews should complete the bandstand project in July.  Later that month, work will begin on the canopy with a hope that they’ll finish the project in September.

The total cost of the project is about $850,000, a goal funded by private donations.  They still need about $170,000 to meet their goal.  One way to contribute is by the purchase of a brick paver that will go in the park near the bandstand area.  You can learn more about those pavers by visiting www.lacrossebandshell.org.

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Dave Solie

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