Bandaging The Bandshell: Boise Landmark Could Reopen Before Summer's End

Jul 9, 2019

The Gene Harris Bandshell in Julia Davis Park nearly burned down last April, leaving Boiseans wondering if this city landmark would ever be the same. Doug Holloway, director of Boise Parks and Recreation, says it won’t be the same—it will be better.

 

 

Holloway says they won’t simply be rebuilding the bandshell, but improving it. That will include new green rooms for performers, updated LED lights and improved audio capabilities. 

“It’s creating an audio and visual and lighting experience that we just didn’t have previously with the bandshell," says Holloway.

 

Although construction has yet to start, Holloway is committed to a late summer deadline. At the Greenbelt’s 50th Celebration, taking place September 19-21st , Holloway is confident the scheduled jazz show will grace the new and improved stage.

 

“That has been scheduled, so yes," says Holloway. "Our plan is that construction will be completed in time to rededicate the bandshell that day and have the concert that evening." 

 

Today, Boise Parks and Recreation will ask the City to approve their request for an estimated $420,000 for the project, which would be provided by the unallocated Capital Fund. 

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