Lincoln Park gazebo opens with a celebration
Galesburg, IL (June 25, 2013) The city is hosting a community event to celebrate the opening of the new Lincoln Park gazebo. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. and will include music and ice cream. The gazebo has long been a popular venue for concerts, speeches, rallies, weddings and picnics. The new gazebo can be reserved for a small fee by calling the Galesburg Recreation Division at 309/345-3683.
In the fall of 2010, it was discovered the floor was failing making it unsafe for use. The 1925 structure was demolished in August of 2012 after it was determined costs to repair were high enough to make new construction more cost effective. The approximate total cost for the gazebo was $85,000. This amount includes demolition costs, landfill fees, architectural design, construction material, sidewalks, relocation of the electrical service and landscaping. All construction labor was donated by off-duty Galesburg firefighters and other citizens under the direction of Fire Chief Tom Simkins, who acted as Site Foreman. City park and street crews provided the necessary labor for concrete work and landscaping. The donated labor has a value of between $15,000 and $20,000.