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