$1.5 million renovation proposed for historic Williams Park bandstand in downtown St. Pete — St. Pete Rising

The modern bandshell was designed in 1954 by local architect William Harvard and received both the American Institute of Architects Merit Award and Time Test Award.

More recently, the park has served as the site of the beloved Saturday morning market during the summer months and Localtopia, the community’s annual celebration of all things local.

Despite its historical and conceptual significance, parts of the bandshell structure, which consists of a stage area, backstage space, public restrooms and storage space, have fallen into disrepair, which prompted Parks and Recreation to commission local firm Harvard Jolly Architecture to conduct a feasibility study. study for improvement in 2019.

This study identified $780,000 in needed bandshell repairs and just over $500,000 in upgrade opportunities. Repairs range from major, such as replacing deteriorated bandshell roof panels up to $457,600, to minor, including repairing bathroom wall tiles.

Proposed improvements include providing collapsible staging platforms and noise control features to accommodate larger events, upgrading and expanding existing rear space and improving the accessibility for people with disabilities throughout the property.

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