The original idea of establishing a band shell in Richfield goes back decades with the first suggestion coming in 1985. The idea was brought up by a resident during conversations about the Veterans Park Master Plan. The idea lay dormant until 2001 when it was put forward again during the Richfield 2020 visioning project.
The Richfield Band Shell project began in earnest in 2011 when members of the community requested the city establish a go-to place for community events and performances. At the time, the primary space available for such events was a concrete slab at Augsburg Park.
After careful study and feedback from the community, the city decided the best place for a band shell would be Veterans Park. The park, which is the center of many city-wide events, including the farmers market, Fourth of July celebration and Urban Wildland Half Marathon, provides existing infrastructure (parking, bathroom facilities and space) necessary for a project of this nature.
The Richfield Band Shell will be a place where the city's summer concert and kid's performance series can call home, as well as weddings, graduations, church services and a myriad of other events.
The construction of the band shell will not increase property taxes. The budget for the band shell is $538,545. The city will contribute $325,000 to the project with the vast majority of the funding coming from municipal liquor store profits. The remainder of the money will come from local business and resident donations.
We look forward to seeing you at a Richfield Band Shell event in 2019!
- The idea of a band shell was originally proposed as part of the 1985 Veterans Park Master Plan
- In 2001, adding a band shell to the city’s parks came up during the Richfield 2020 visioning project
- The Richfield City Council created a band shell subcommittee in 2011
- On February 21, 2013, the Richfield City Council voted unanimously to endorse the building of a band shell after receiving the results from the feasibility stud
- The Richfield City Council passed a resolution declaring Veterans Memorial Park the future site of a band shell on February 11, 2014, and authorized a taskforce to begin planning and fundraising
- On July 8, 2014, funding for a band shell was appropriated in the city’s Capital Improvement Budget in the amount of $250,000 and an additional $75,000 was appropriated by City Council
- The taskforce developed a concept of the structure including a site plan and raised $67,000 from individuals and businesses in the initial fundraising campaign
- The Richfield Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on May 27, 2015, and recommended the proposed site plan to city council
- On June 23, 2015, the city council passed a resolution granting approval of a site plan to allow the construction of a community band shell in Veterans Memorial Park. The council specified that no additional funding from the city would be provided to the project. At the same meeting, the council approved a contract with David Linner Architects to prepare plans, specifications and bidding documents
- A non-profit organization, the Friends of the Richfield Band Shell, was formed to continue finding new sources of funding for the project
- The band shell project was bid out and bids were rejected by the city council on September 8, 201, with all bids received exceeding the project budget
- A new location was found within Veterans Memorial Park closer to the ice arena with better soils to support construction
- The Planning Commission conducted another public hearing on June 27, 2016, and recommended city council approve a revised site plan based on the new location
- On July 25, 2017, the city council awarded the band shell construction contract to Fendler Patterson Construction. At that same meeting, council approved a funding agreement with the Friends of the Richfield Band Shell to provide funding for the project in the amount of $146,056
- A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 30, 2017, and construction began shortly afterward
- Soil correction was mostly completed by November 2017.
- Construction to resume during the spring of 2018
- The Richfield Band Shell is planned to be completed by August 31, 2018
Richfield has long had a vibrant, thriving arts community. People come from across the metro area to listen to the city's two community bands. The Recreation Services Department’s summer performance series which caters to both kids and adults is a metro area staple that attracts people to Richfield. These types of events do not have a performance-specific space for members of the community to congregate and enjoy the show. However, the construction of a city band shell will provide a much needed seasonal performance space for the community to utilize. The band shell will also offer a central place for residents to socialize, as well as create a new city landmark for all to take pride in.
- Band Shell Taskforce wildlife impact statement
- Sound evaluation report
- Summary of soil analytical results
- Band shell sitemap
- February 12, 2013, Richfield City Council meeting endorsing the band shell (starts 19:21)
- July 25, 2017, Richfield City Council meeting approving construction (starts at 19:08)
All questions, comments and concerns regarding the Richfield Band Shell should be directed to Recreation Services Director Jim Topitzhofer.