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City council has differing viewpoints on what should be done with Legion Park's bandshell

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The Gering city council is seeking public opinion on what should be done with Legion Park 's band shell.

The bandshell was in jeopardy of being torn down to build new restrooms in its place.

City council discussed an agenda item this week that would allot nearly $103,000 to a local contractor to tear down the shell and rebuild new bathrooms. 

But council decided hold-off on the demolition to hear what the public thinks.

Council members had opposing views on whether the band shelter should be torn down, or kept in place.

"It was my understanding we were going to try to remodel the bathrooms in the bandshell rather than demolish it and build something from scratch," said council member Larry Gibbs.

"The band shelter is basically a brick wall, I mean, there's really nothing there to be saved, there's nothing historic about the structure," responded council member Dan Smith.

Smith also says the bandshell's concrete foundation is cracked and there are other structural issues with the existing facility and restrooms.

Council member Julie Morrison said the shelter is unique to Legion park, and asked if it were torn down, if another would be built.

A member of the tree board said if a new band shelter is decided to be built, some design and location changes may take place to better

Adjust to the sun during summer. 

The council will re-address the issue at the next meeting, public is encouraged to contact the city with their opinions.

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