REPORTING · 25th August 2010
Many residents love the new structure in George Little Park. Many despise the change to the area. The concept has promoters and detractors in every corner. The most often raised issues are the manner in which the Band Shell designed by Jim Ryan and built by Volunteers was unceremoniously destroyed. The other issue is the amount of money spent; more than one and a quarter million dollars.
The Provincial Government provided the initial money as a “Spirit Square” grant and the Terrace City Administration was able to use this initial funding ($300,000) to get matching funds from the Federal government ($600,000) when the City agreed to put in $300,000 of their own money. The City determined they would use all of these funds on George Little Park. The major concern was to make it more people friendly; the area was a concern due to vandals and vagrants and this was thought to be part of a solution.
Another condition of the Provincial funding was the timing of the use of the funds. The reason the Park was dug up during the September winning Hockeyville Celebrations and the NHL preseason game was due to this construction timing issued by the Provincial Government.
This caused much of the planning and the work to be pushed ahead when it should have waited. It may have also caused the lack of sober second thought when it came to the use of this huge capital investment in Terrace.
The concrete was poured in weather conditions favourable to structure deterioration and the effects were noticed long before the structure was put up. In the spring when the crews returned to begin raising the roof beams and columns they found the concrete already broken. They patched this up with a special mortar mix. It is now cracking again.
The center of the stage, the area inside the steps up to the stage platform is now rising and has become a tripping hazard. The area has also developed numerous cracks.
The roof fabric has received its first hole after only being in place for four months. City crews have expressed grave concerns for the winter as they have been advised they will be required to clean the snow off of the fabric when it reaches 12 inches. They are still wondering how they will complete this task and with the potential for ice build up, the safety of the job and the strength of the material.
Roof being used for debris
The concrete is shifting creating a new tripping hazard
Pouring the slab and concrete surfaces in the heavily soaked areas just prior to a December cold snap
The discolouration at the top of the steps is the area re finished after large sections of surface concrete broke away. It is all breaking away again.
Comment by terry gresl on 27th August 2010
They used "cheap" fabric for the roof and it's already been vandalized ? Please remove the word "forethought" from any further discussion of the bandshell.