This is what a new bandshell at Columbian Park's Memorial Island is expected to look like when it's finished in June 2021. Photo provided
This is what a new bandshell at Columbian Park's Memorial Island is expected to look like when it's finished in June 2021. Photo provided
LAFAYETTE – The remaking of Columbian Park – keyed by construction of a new, $20 million replacement for an 80-year-old Loeb Stadium, new zoo exhibits and giant slides at the Tropicanoe Cove water park – continues, with Lafayette signing off on $9.1 million in work in the past two weeks.

On Tuesday, the city lined up a $6.95 million project that will finish work started in recent years on Memorial Island, with plans to build a new bandshell, install boardwalks and replace a crumbling lagoon seawall by June 2021.

Another $456,000 is going to something decidedly less sexy – dredging a lagoon this summer that is, by the parks superintendent’s account, nearly half filled with sediment that hasn’t been cleaned out in more than three decades.

Those contracts follow one signed a week earlier to erect a $1.7 million building to house a carousel in the park.

“It’s really nice up there, with the stadium and the new slides and everything,” Mayor Tony Roswarski said Tuesday. “But the one place that’s still not where we want it is the lagoon and Memorial Island. And this project literally will transform that area.”
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