Medford park to get bandshell
Medford Veterans Memorial Park will soon receive a bandshell to use for outdoor events.


Medford park to get bandshell


Veterans Memorial Park in Medford will get a new bandshell, after a town resolution was passed last Thursday. The resolution allocated $35,000 from the Caithness Community Development Fund to the Medford Hamlet Foundation for construction of the bandshell.

“I am so happy to finally see it coming to fruition,” said Linda Davis, president of the Medford Chamber of Commerce, who has been working on this initiative for five years.

Davis said the project required constant work and communication with the town, but is grateful to all town and county officials who helped make this happen. She said the bandshell would allow more events to happen throughout the year, especially during the summer, and opens up additional opportunities for the annual summer concert series. 

Councilman Neil Foley said a request for the work to be done should be out soon and work could start as early as May. He added that the town parks department, which will coordinate with the Medford Hamlet Foundation on the proceedings moving forward, would operate the bandshell.

Money was originally put into the fund for the construction of a community center, but that funding has been used for other projects, including this one. According to the resolution, the park will receive upgrades that include the purchase and installation of a 12-by-24 pavilion on a raised platform, installation of electricity and lighting for the pavilion, and installation of a permanent 4-by-10 informational kiosk that will serve as a community bulletin for Medford community events.

Brett Houdek, president of the Medford Taxpayers and Civic Association, said the organization is pleased to see these improvements at the park. “It opens it up for us to get better venues,” he said. The civic has been working with the chamber and the town to move the process forward. 

Davis and Houdek were happy with the purchase, so their organizations will no longer have to rent a venue from the town and coordinate their dates with other entities. Davis said this opens up the chamber to host more events in the future, most likely starting in 2020.