Fundraising begins for new Kingman bandstand

Sounds of Kingman heading up effort

The stage at downtown’s Metcalfe Park has proved to be inadequate as a venue for musical groups the Sounds of Kingman would like to attract. A push is on to fund complete reconstruction of the bandstand. (DOUG McMURDO/Miner)

The stage at downtown’s Metcalfe Park has proved to be inadequate as a venue for musical groups the Sounds of Kingman would like to attract. A push is on to fund complete reconstruction of the bandstand. (DOUG McMURDO/Miner)

KINGMAN - A plan to completely rebuild the bandstand at Metcalfe Park was unanimously approved last week when the Sounds of Kingman nonprofit requested permission to raise funds for the project.

"The (existing) stage at Metcalfe Park was never designed to do what we use it for," said Robin Gordon, a member of the Sounds of Kingman and former City Councilwoman, at the Nov. 18 City Council meeting.

Sounds of Kingman sponsors popular and diverse free concerts during the temperate months, but many performers turn the group down because the stage at Metcalfe Park doesn't meet its needs.

There are numerous inadequacies, she said, from the lack of a roof to keep the band out of the hot sun, to insufficient space to set up equipment, to an electrical system that can't accommodate stage lighting.

Gordon said the group has met with contractor Toby Orr of TR Orr, who will do the work once Sounds of Kingman raises $35,000 to pay for reconstruction. She said no work would be performed until the money is collected in full.

Gordon said Parks Director Mike Meersman was very helpful on a number of fronts. She said the group was surprised that laws require such structures to be bombproof, which means Orr's construction will have to be extremely durable. She also noted city crews cut down trees that were "dangerously close" to falling over and generally improving the downtown park's appearance.

Gordon said Sounds of Kingman has a number of fundraisers planned and she's confident it will raise the necessary money.

"I think this is something a lot of people will want to be involved in," she said following the meeting. Those interested in donating or helping with fundraising efforts, or have questions, call Sounds of Kingman at (928) 715-0288.