Con­struc­tion starts on Per­ryville band­shell

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— De­spite the steady rain, a crew from Hunt Val­ley Con­struc­tion poured ce­ment Tues­day to an­chor the band­shell at Per­ryville’s Lower Ferry Park.

Mau­rice Wo­mack mea­sured the depth of the con­crete as Travis Spamp­inato and Lee Hens­ley shov­eled the ma­te­rial into forms at the base of each wood post.

“It has to be so many inches be­low,” Wo­mack said, ex­plain­ing that a ce­ment stage would also be poured.

That stage will be 40 feet across the front, ex­plained Mary Ann Skilling, town plan­ner.

Lo­cal im­pact money funded the $142,000 project, which is be­com­ing the cen­ter­piece of the park at the cor­ner of Broad Street and Round­house Drive. Skilling said the struc­ture had to be shifted sev­eral feet when orig­i­nal ex­ca­va­tion dis­cov­ered the foun­da­tion of the old Penn­syl-

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va­nia Rail­road round­house and other de­bris from that by­gone era. The move was nec­es­sary for the strength of the band­shell foun­da­tion.

Skilling said town of­fi­cials vis­ited sev­eral lo­ca­tions in the re­gion to see band shells be­fore choos­ing its de­sign.

“We wanted ar­chi­tec­ture that was more nat­u­ral look­ing,” she said. “We wanted an earthy look.”

That’s why the as yet un­named band­shell will have a nat­u­ral wood in­te­rior. Side­walks will carry vis­i­tors to the entertainment area, which will in­clude a play­ground for tod­dlers and plenty of shade trees.

Al­ready, the town of­fers a Farm­ers Mar­ket each Fri­day af­ter­noon in Lower Ferry Park. Skilling en­vi­sions mu­sic and other per­for­mances com­ing from the band shell to keep those shop­ping the mar­ket in town longer and to at­tract more vis­i­tors down­town.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

A Mary­land Por­ta­ble Con­crete truck pours mix into con­crete forms for the walls of the band­shell go­ing up in Lower Ferry Park in Per­ryville.

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