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Two Harbors band shell study grant set

The group Friends of the Band Shell Park, Inc., has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership. The grant funds will be used to assess and develop options for the band shell and surrounding area in Two Harbors' Thomas Owens Park.

The current band shell is more than 70 years old and in need of repairs.

The first phase in the planning process will be to hire an architectural and engineering firm to assess the current band shell and to develop options for the band shell and park. It will lead to an artist's rendering of the band shell and park. Community meetings, facilitated by staff from the University of Minnesota, will be held during the planning process to ensure that the band shell and park meets the needs of the community.

On May 14, the Two Harbors City Council voted to support the next steps in the planning process which enable the group to accept the grant funds.

Friends of the Band Shell Park is a 501c3 not-for-profit group with a nine-person board made up of members of the Two Harbors City Band as well as business owners and residents. It will lead the planning process.