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Easley awarded certificate for contributions to bandshell renovation

Janice Easley, long-time advocate for the East Park Band Shell, gave an update on the progress of the Band Shell renovation and was also given a certificate of recognition for her contributions to its restoration at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. PHOTO: Janice Easley receives an award from Mason City, presented to her by Mayor Eric Bookmeyer.|Janice Easley, long-time advocate for the East Park Band Shell, gave an update on the progress of the Band Shell renovation and was also given a certificate of recognition for her contributions to its restoration at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

(PHOTO: Janice Easley receives an award from Mason City, presented to her by Mayor Eric Bookmeyer.)

Easley said the Band Shell renovation is nearly complete and thanked several other contributors who helped make the project a success, including Larson Contracting, who she said had done a “fantastic job;” Ed Wineinger, whose architectural firm donated all the architectural design services for the project, totaling approximately $20,000.00, and who was given a “Best Friend Award” by the Band Shell renovation committee; and Curries, who donated doors to the project.

Easley said more donations are always needed for the project. She said she recently received a $500 check from a woman who wanted to help.

After her update on the Band Shell renovation, Mayor Eric Bookmeyer presented her with a certificate from the city that honored her tireless work on the project. Easley has been lobbying the city for years to restore the Band Shell, and faced a lot of opposition over that time. Some people wanted to move or even demolish the Band Shell. She never gave up, however, and raised so much money that the restoration project eventually was approved.

The initial phase of the Band Shell restoration project was completed in the Summer of 2010. Currently, the second phase of the construction project is being undertaken. Ed Wineinger’s in-kind services contribution was used as matching funds to acquire a $50,000 grant the State Historical Society of Iowa for the second phase. The second phase involves the restoration of the exterior to its original design, including: proscenium, shell, siding walls, doors, roofing, and lighting. Future work involves the replacement of the stage thrust, interior restoration, and landscaping.

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