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Post-Easter Gift: Repairs At Park Band Shell

SANATOGA PA – The much-needed, much-discussed, and somewhat revised repairs and enhancements to the venerable band shell area at Sanatoga Park, on South Sanatoga Road, now have an official starting date. It’s March 28, the Monday following Easter, Lower Pottsgrove Manager Ed Wagner has announced.

The launch assumes, of course, that Mother Nature holds up her end of the appointment and provides good weather, he added.

It’s been slightly more than a year since the township won a $61,240 Community Development Block Grant through Montgomery County to make improvements at the heavily used facility. The band shell and its sloping hill are the site of the Parks and Recreation Board’s annual summer concert series, which draws popular musical acts and hundreds of visitors weekly during the warm months.

Today’s “In Just 10 Seconds” video, here, shows a large crowd at the band shell during June 2011 as it enjoyed one of its favorite perennial acts, the home-grown Bill Koss Combo. The band is playing the opening bars of the rock song “Get Ready,” originally performed by Rare Earth.

The band shell has been showing its age, and its accompanying comfort station demands some modernization. The project, with a total value of about $73,000 (the township is covering the engineering costs itself), was to include

  • Installation of an Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant path, seating area, and railing to provide additional access to those with disabilities;
  • Upgrades to an existing restroom facility to create an ADA-compliant and more secure restroom;
  • Partially re-grade and re-stripe of the parking lot to provide ADA spaces nearest to the proposed path; and an
  • Upgrade of existing gravel paths to macadam.

When bids for the work came back to Lower Pottsgrove last October, however, the Board of Commissioners learned it had too many wishes and too little cash. Contractors wanted more money than planned to do the job. Bursich Associates, the township engineering firm, went back to the drawing board, changed some specifications, and called for new bids.

That did the trick, the township said. Earlier this year the board awarded its bid to Pierce Homes Limited of Downingtown PA, which will complete the slightly modified project for $54,923.

At the commissioners’ March 7 meeting, Bursich reported it held a pre-construction meeting Feb. 25 with Pierce Homes representatives, reviewed the contractors’ documents, and compiled the necessary manual for the project.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ March 7 meeting):

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