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Two years after fire, restoration complete on Gene Harris Bandshell

Over the last couple of years, BoiseDev has been tracking construction updates to the Gene Harris Bandshell in Julia Davis Park.

In 2018, anarsonist starteda fire in the 92-year-old building.

Since then, the City of Boise has been working to restore the historic structure and has announced that construction is complete.

“The bandshell is an integral part of Boise’s history and is a key gathering space for our community,” Boise Parks and Recreation Department Director Doug Holloway said.

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Improvements include a new green room, updated bathrooms, new drinking fountains and updates to equipment and lighting.

“To have it rebuilt and updated to a more functional version, without compromising the historical integrity of what the bandshell means to our community, is an enormous accomplishment with the rebuild,” Holloway said.

In addition, concrete areas were added for people with mobility devices or who need stable ground to sit.

According to the City of Boise, the project cost $900,000.

Holloway said they hope to have an official grand-opening when it’s safe.

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