New stage takes shape for Montague waterfront events

Steve Sharratt
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The old gazebo from the Montague waterfront heads to a new home on the other side of the river to be used as a picnic and resting area.

MONTAGUE — The old gazebo is gone and a new structure to feature an improved stage area for the waterfront park here is on its way.

Town council approved the $90,000 project, with help from government agencies, as a way to improve the entertainment offerings this summer at the waterfront.

Musicians and event speakers often find themselves crammed into the old gazebo and events coordinator Andrew Rowe says this problem will be alleviated.

“We’re also adding two more rows of amphitheatre style seating to accommodate the growing crowds for our summer events,’’ said Rowe, noting some larger concerts are planned this year.

Music will be offered four nights a week this summer along the waterfront and crowds have grown to overflow the current seating area.

The Island Community Fund is contributing $20,000 to the project and Skills P.E.I. much of the rest with funds from the town as well. The new structure will be 32 feet wide and 24 deep.

The new structure was approved after residents opposed relocating the music venue further away from the marina to the old train station turntable near the new Riverhouse Inn hotel.

“Many people wanted to keep the music venue where it is and just expand it,’’ said Rowe. “It is a focal point of the entire waterfront.”

Construction begins right away on the new stage gazebo and it should be open around Canada Day. Meanwhile, the old gazebo has been trucked across to the south side of the river to be used as a picnic and resting area for townsfolk and visitors.

Organizations: Island Community Fund, Riverhouse Inn

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  • Justin
    May 23, 2014 - 08:39

    Just do what I did... Move to Nova Scotia. Our roads are constantly being repaired and all our tax money isn't gone into tourism. Sure there is no "magical" province that is perfect but I recommend getting off that island because it's sinking fast!

  • seriously
    May 21, 2014 - 22:35

    Thousands of dollars are being spent in Montague this year for a few months of hopeful tourist moments while the line up at the local food bank gets longer & the roads have more potholes than the numbers of coffees Richard Collins buys at McDonalds. Time to vote the same ole same ole out & get new blood in.

  • Lower Crime Rate
    May 21, 2014 - 10:30

    Governement at all levels seem to be spending more and more money these days in thjngs like this. What about some important issues such as the state of out roadways, people who are unemployed, the fish plants, I can name a million other places that need funding. Isn't onstage the beautiful the town that disbanded it's police force and now only has one cop to police the town? This day we need more police, crime on PEI and in Montague is out of control due to yet another problem that. An use funding addictions to drugs. Spend you money where money is needed. Create jobs for you township and bring back a police compliment that. Can police us safely and make it a better and safer community.

    • Nice to see
      May 21, 2014 - 14:51

      Nice to see something positive being done with taxpayers money. We spend millions in criminals and drug addicts each and every year/ and we still have criminals and drug addicts. The rest of the folk appreciate money being spent that will bring some joy to the locals and visitors to the area.