by Bill Forman
Bandshell (1914). Located on the south edge of the park at the center is this one-story bandshell of buff brick with an arched roof dome topped by a flagpole; stage has semi-elliptical arch with molded cornice and plain frieze terminated by moldings. Paired brick piers (battered) at the northeast and northwest corners; urn decorations at each corner. West of the stage between the two piers is a mounted metal plaque containing Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." Projecting semicircular concrete performance area to north faced with tan brick and a lower tan brick planter; concrete stairs with brick sidewalls at the east and west. The southern portion of the bandshell has a flat roof. The east, west, and south walls feature paired multi-light windows with geometric glazing; the east wall has double slab doors with a transom covered by a security grille, while the rear (south) wall has two slab doors near each end. There is a center, corbelled brick chimney with a metal cap at the rear of the building.But a recent assessment by local architects HB&A is considerably less appreciative. In its 2011 document, “Acacia Park Concepts: Developing the Jewel of Downtown in the Historic City Center,” the firm lists the bandshell alongside drugs, cigarettes and dead trees under the no-holds-barred category “Bad.”
Stage/band shell: Band shell not used very often, not well maintained, ugly.A little mean-spirited if you ask me, but to each their own. In any case, the concert begins at 6 p.m.